Much of Orleans considered abnormally dry by Drought Monitor

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 August 2020 at 7:19 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: A farmer is working a dry field in Yates on Tuesday at the corner of Marshall Road and Route 18.

Most of Orleans County is considered abnormally dry by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Much of the south shore counties along Lake Ontario are abnormally dry. At that intensity, crop growth is often stunted, fire danger is elevated, lawns brown early and surface water levels decline.

Parts of northern New York and Long Island are in moderate drought, the next stage after abnormally dry.

The drought conditions in the state and country are released weekly by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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