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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... more

Schumer Calls For Federal Action On Drought Relief

New York Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin the process of issuing a disaster declaration to help Upstate New York farmers who suffer major losses and crop damage from the severe drought. Schumer is calling on the USDA to stand ready to make the declaration so that low-interest emergency loans can be made... more

DEC issues Drought Warning as heat, dry conditions continue throughout FLX

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Wednesday that much of central and western New York were being upgraded from a Drought Watch to a Drought Warning. The move was executed at direction of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. A “warning” is the second of four levels of state drought advisories. There are no statewide mandatory water use... more

Warm and dry fall forecast for Upstate NY: What does it mean for fall colors?

Warm and dry fall forecast for Upstate NY: What does it mean for fall colors?
Dry weather can make leaves more vibrant — if they don't fall off early. While the region would welcome the bright, vibrant colors — especially in the Finger Lakes. The dry weather is causing some concern. Will the leaves make it to late-September, or early-October, when leaves begin to reach "peak" color in the Finger Lakes? Read More more

Warmer temperatures return to the Finger Lakes

Warmer temperatures return to the Finger Lakes
Temperatures will increase on the back side of high pressure over the next few days. High pressure is centered over New England this morning. Southerly winds in the clockwise flow of air around the high will give temperatures a boost in the entire region, as high temperatures sore into the 90s. Read more from FLXWeather.com more

Ithaca’s drought explained: City officials answer questions

Drought has wreaked havoc on communities throughout the Finger Lakes, as the southern portions of Seneca County, as well as Tompkins County in it’s entirety have experienced the worst conditions. In late-July officials in the City of Ithaca issued a warning that if significant rainfall was not encountered – the city could run out by the end of August. While... more

Weekend rain possible in the Finger Lakes

Weekend rain possible in the Finger Lakes
Some widespread rain Saturday afternoon could provide some short term drought relief. Weekend Rain With the drought persisting across the Finger Lakes, the region needs a number of widespread, long duration rain events. Anything else, including getting too much rain remains unlikely. Read More more

Ithaca Officials: Conservation necessary as water shortage grows ‘critical’

Throughout the region, drought has challenged residents, farmers, business owners and wildlife as an unusually dry weather pattern has made this summer among the driest on record for a vast majority of the Finger Lakes. Ithaca is nearing a breaking point, as their water supply is dangerously low – prompting city officials to release a statement on Wednesday, asking residents,... more

Drought continues to spread, despite soaking rain Monday

Drought continues to spread, despite soaking rain Monday
It might have rained on Monday – but the drought continues to expand throughout the Finger Lakes, as the hot and dry weather pattern continues. Last night, we reported that the Ithaca Water Supply had reached ‘critical’ status, according to city officials. Will the pattern change? Check out the latest on the drought conditions below. Complete drought report and outlook... more

Seneca County advises against open burning

Seneca County advises against open burning
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the Seneca County Emergency Management Office released a statement strongly discouraging open burning due to severe drought conditions. The statement read: “Due to severe drought conditions, the Seneca County Office of Emergency Management strongly urges residents to refrain from open burning. Within the last few weeks there have been several uncontrolled brush and field... more

Sampson Beach Fire in March

Sampson Beach Fire in March
It is not often the weather is so warm in March. It was perfect for a beach side fire along Seneca Lake at Sampson State Park Wednesday evening. Photo by Tera Erway, FingerLakes1.com more
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