Severe conditions remain for Steuben, Allegany, Livingston

A day after the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced a statewide drought warning, the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday placed Allegany, Steuben and Livingston counties under a severe drought for another week.

The U.S. Drought Monitor releases new maps every Thursday that take into account climatic, hydrologic and soil conditions recorded through the previous Tuesday.

In a press release that accompanied Thursday’s maps, the monitor acknowledged that while “moderate to heavy rain” had fallen throughout the Great Lakes region, many areas received just minor precipitation.

“In areas where moderate precipitation was isolated at best — western New York, central and northern Ohio, and adjacent Pennsylvania — (abnormally dry) to (severe drought) conditions expanded,” the release reads, “in particular (moderate drought conditions) grew significantly to encompass most of central Ohio.”

Earlier this week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its monthly drought outlook for August which predicted drought conditions to persist with no significant improvement in sight.

That being said, a 30 percent chance of rain was in the forecast for Friday afternoon with isolated showers turning into scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton.

Those rain odds improve to 50 percent Friday night with scattered showers and thunderstorms mainly after 9 p.m. However, another dry weekend is also in the forecast.