Largely “hit or miss” rainfall combined with the consistent warmer than normal weather has put the entire Rochester area into a moderate drought.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the sparse and infrequent nature of rainfall in our area through Tuesday of this week in conjunction with the stretch of persistent high temperatures was enough to strip the moisture in the soil to allow for this classification. The remainder of the Finger Lakes and much of Western New York is considered to be “abnormally dry”.
One look at our crispy lawns, gardens, and agricultural fields confirm just how dry it is. Rainfall in Rochester for the month of July, in total, is under three quarters of an inch, which is more than an inch shy of expectations.
The summer rainfall deficit is also substantial. Typically, Rochester receives roughly five inches of rain through this point in the summer. So far, we have seen barely three inches fall, according to the official rain gauge the National Weather Service has at the Greater Rochester International Airport.
Rainfall deficits will continue to grow into the weekend with no significant rainfall in the forecast. However, there are some signs of at least relief for some, as a pattern change develops and moisture from a system along the coast and another system over the Ohio valley join forces to trigger a few downpours by early next week.