SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — After two consecutive 93-degree days over the weekend, the recent stretch of heat in Central New York is finally ending. The heat advisory has been extended one last time through Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. With the heat ending there is some concern regarding the current drought threat.
When we think of heat the first thought would not be an increase in precipitation. Meteorologist Jake Chalupsky said that the heat actually helped create the morning showers and thunderstorms that have filled up the forecast lately.
“The heat advisory was able to produce the rain and now once this cold front moves through, we are going to have rain showers again tomorrow for the Syracuse area,” Chalupsky said.
The cold front, despite Tuesday’s rain, will not bring nearly as many storms as the area has seen recently. Syracuse should not expect rain until the middle of next week. That is a concern when talking about an area currently on drought watch.
The other concern is the storms that has come during the heat advisory have been brief. If the precipitation shortage continues, then everyone is going to have to be more conscious of their water consumption.
“That would go for maybe lessening the watering of your lawns and gardens. For farmers, their livelihood depends on the rain, so we need to do everything we can to make sure they have enough water,” Chalupsky said.
He added that the expectation is for the abnormal dryness to continue. Water is essential to farmers being able to take care of their crops and livestock, but it is not always essential for everyone. Should the dry conditions continue or worsen, then we all are going to need to cut back in those less vital areas from watering our gardens to our showers.