SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) – Rainfall remained scattered last weekend through early this week so drought conditions in parts of the Finger Lakes remained the same compared to the previous update a week earlier.

In the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report released on August 18, portions of the Southern Finger Lakes like in Tompkins, Seneca, Schuyler, and southern Cayuga counties that were considered in a “Moderate Drought” have improved to “Abnormally Dry”.

Meanwhile other locations in Central New York remain in the “Abnormally Dry” area.

Some beneficial, but scattered, showers and storms fell across the Finger Lakes Tuesday through Thursday of this week and are not included in this week’s update. Given several days of mainly dry weather forecast heading into the weekend, it remains to be seen just how helpful the rain was .

This drought data comes from the Drought Mitigation Center in Nebraska through several government agencies such as NOAA and the Department of Agriculture