Is your lawn looking pretty brown? I’m sure it is since we haven’t reached the growing season yet here in Central New York. The grass is dormant and typically doesn’t start greening up until later in April.
And the fact that there hasn’t been much water falling from the sky this month certainly isn’t helping our yards get any greener either.
We’ve caught up a little bit in the precipitation department thanks to some much needed rain the last weekend in March.
However, there is still a deficit of over an inch for the month and an inch and a half for the year!
So where does this March rank among the driest Marches on record in Syracuse? As of March 28th Syracuse still ranks in the top 10 in 6th place for driest Marches on record since 1902.
We are closing out the month in a few days and there isn’t much more precipitation forecast. Less than a half inch of new rainfall is forecast through midnight March 31st.
All we need a tenth of an inch of rain to drop out of the 6th driest slot. There’s a good chance that will happen by the end of the month. We’ll see if we can stay in the top ten.
So combine the lack of precipitation in March thus far, a drier than normal ground that’s getting drier, and the normal kindling, dead/dormant brush, all around CNY that normally exists in the late winter/early spring and you have an increasing threat of brushfires over the coming days.
For this reason, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) implemented a statewide annual spring burn ban since 2009 that runs from March 16th thru May 14th. Since they’ve started the burn ban the number of wildfires in New York State has decreases over 40%! Needless to say their annual ban is working! The ban is also intended to reduce air pollution and is why burning garbage and leaves is prohibited year round.