Dry weather follows massive snow melt

May 12, 2015

Within the past several months the Buffalo area has gone from having too much snow to not enough rain.

National Weather Service Meteorologist John Hitchcock says the region is not quite in drought status yet. But Hitchcock says it is abnormally dry.

"We didn't have very much snow or rain in March. April was fairly dry and the first week and a half of May has been dry," Hitchcock says.
In fact, Hitchcock says so far this month, rainfall across the area is over three-quarters of an inch below normal.

As for the roughly nine feet of snow Buffalo got over the winter?

"All the snowmelt helped early in the season back in March when the snow was melting. But it's been quite a while since then," he said

New York Farm Bureau area field supervisor Tim Bigham says a dry spring is better than being knee deep in mud. But Bigham says farmers do need some rain.

"For some crops, it probably is in a bad way," Bigham said. 

"But it's more critical, for most crops, a month from now...after they start growing and they've got a lot...of plant above the ground that requires moisture. That's when it's pretty critical."
Since this past November the region's precipitation total is more than six inches below normal.