Orleans officially suffering drought conditions

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 July 2016 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers
ALBION – This photo last Sunday shows a soccer field at Albion with yellowed grass. Many of the lawns, crops and vegetation are suffering with a shortage of water so far this growing season.

The United States Drought Monitor on Thursday announced that nearly all of Orleans is in “moderate drought” conditions. Niagara, and portions of Erie and Genesee counties also are considered to be in “moderate drought.” Many other counties in New York are considered “abnormally dry,” according to the Drought Monitor. (Click here to see the map.)

The Orleans County did get some rain late this afternoon when a severe thunderstorm briefly passed through the area.