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Rainy days take Upstate New York off drought watch

A map of New York State depicts each county and its drought stage, with most of the counties being in a normal stage and highlighted in neon green.
A New York State drought map shows most of the state's counties are at normal levels.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has lifted its drought watch designation for Central New York and more than two dozen other upstate counties after recent rainfall and higher levels of ground and surface water.

The state issued the drought watch in August after three months of below-normal precipitation caused low stream flows and low groundwater levels. Those conditions continue in the lower Hudson Valley and on most of Long Island, where several counties remain under a drought watch.

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