Looks like this drought isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

The long range forecast for the United States isn't a good one for farmers and growers here in the Hudson Valley.

The U.S. Drought Monitoring Map says that the dry weather will prevail in most parts of the Northeast till at least February. If you look closely at the map in the link above, you'll notice a band of red stretching straight through the Mid-Hudson Valley region, and on to Connecticut and Massachuseets.

The red means level D3, or - Severe Drought.

According to the US Drought Monitoring website, the City of Kingston raised their drought alert to drought warning level in response to the Cooper Lake reservoir dropping to 65% of capacity.

This is when you have to be extra careful about fires. A fire consumed over four hundred acres at Harriman State Park this past weekend.

The weather forecast looks dry through Saturday, but there is a chance of rain, and maybe even some snow showers by early next week. The extended forecast is still calling for above average snowfall for the Northeast this winter, which could be the good news the area needed.

Of course, we'd a quite significant period of steady precipitation to break what experts are calling the worst drought in over a decade to hit the region.

Related: Hudson Valley Storm Center

Use the Hudson Valley Storm Center to keep tabs on delays and closings whenever a winter storm hits.


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