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Finger Lakes wineries praying for August rain

The strong, deep, roots of mature grapevines have kept many of the area’s grape growers from feeling the heat of this summer’s drought — so far. As the hot, dry weather continues, though, some are starting to sweat. Nearly all of western New York and the Finger Lakes region continues to be in severe drought, according to the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor. Nearly all of western New York and the Finger Lakes region continues to be in severe drought, according to the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor. Twenty-four percent of New York state, by geographic area, is in severe drought, slightly less than last week, when the figure was close to 27 percent.

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