Orleans, WNY considered ‘abnormally dry’
Orleans County and Western New York are considered “abnormally dry” by the U.S. Drought Monitor. This is the first stage of drought intensity. Other parts of the state — the north country and a section of eastern New York — are in the next stage, moderate drought.
Part of Franklin County in the north country is in severe drought.
The Drought Monitor report was released last Thursday. Since then, Orleans County and WNY received significant rainfall on Saturday.
Last week the county endured six straight 90-degree days with not much rain until Saturday.