Despite below normal snowfall, our drought conditions keep improving

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The weekly drought monitor continues to show the dry conditions experienced last summer getting better.


Outside of the Tug Hill Plateau (which has had abundant snowfall this season) most of central New York is running below normal in snowfall this season.


Snowfall in Syracuse is over 21” below normal since December 1, and 5.6” below normal since July first.  Last year 41.7” of snow fell by February 8, while this year, seasonal snowfall in Syracuse for this winter is 78.7”


What we’re lacking in snow, we’ve made up for in rain.  Since December 1, rainfall is about an inch above normal.


Drought conditions over the past several months have shrunk to an area of abnormally dry conditions in the Finger Lakes, and small area of moderate drought in southern Tompkins and southeast Schuyler counties.


Even with lighter snowfall, recent rains have set us up well in terms of drought.

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