Syracuse: Potentially the driest September on record

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SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV)-

Precipitation across Central New York this year has been fickle. Once or twice a month, if we’re lucky, we’ve seen close to an inch or more of precipitation in a day. Most of our precipitation has been hit or miss.

At minimum, there has been abnormally dry conditions in at least one portion of CNY since June. June was when we had our longest dry stretch, 15 days in a row without measurable rain! While 15 days in a row without any rain is a long time it ranks as the 17th longest stretch. 25 days is the longest dry stretch on record for Syracuse set back in June of 1949 and again in September of 1908.

Now here we are in September, amid yet another dry spell. Farmer’s have had a difficult time and those that have wells are struggling too. We hear you. It does appear there will be some beneficial rain moving in to round out September into the start of October. Fingers crossed!

First, let’s talk about where we stand on September 28th.

If the month were to end now, it would go down as the driest September on record in Syracuse, with just under half an inch of rainfall.

That small amount of rain puts us at a deficit of over 2 inches for the month. Since June 1st, Syracuse is running more than an inch and a half below average. The yearly precipitation is just about normal.

After this week of dry weather, computer models are showing a dip in the jet stream over the Northeastern U.S. Other than cooler temperatures, there is some moisture associated with this trough. It probably will be enough at the end of the month to at least bring us out of the top five driest September’s in Syracuse. This is why the NWS has placed our area in the “greatest chance above” category on the 6-10 day precipitation outlook.

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