LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Persistent rain throughout Monday is providing some relief from the current statewide drought watch and putting smiles on farmers’ faces.
According to our news partner News10NBC, showers and thunderstorms are likely throughout the day, making it mostly cloudy and muggy.
Monday night is expected to have a few passing clouds, but otherwise be generally clear. Nighttime lows are expected to be around 60 degrees.
The drought watch is till in effect.
The watch is triggered by the State Drought Index, which reflects precipitation levels, reservoir/lake levels, and stream flow and groundwater levels in nine designated drought regions throughout New York. Each of these indicators is assigned a weighted value based on its significance to various uses in a region.
Observed precipitation has been less than normal with shortfalls of 4 to 8 inches common over the last 90 days. The dry weather dates back to the October 1 start of the ‘water year’ and is beginning to significantly affect other water metrics. Stream flows and groundwater levels are well below normal throughout much of the state. Groundwater levels were seasonally worse in June compared to May and they are not expected to improve in the immediate future due to the existing precipitation deficit. For more detailed drought information, please visit DEC’s webpage here.