Below normal rainfall for MayMay 30th, 2012 at 10:43 am by Amelia Segal under 4 Warn Weather
Written by Brittanny Snyder:
Brittanny is an weather intern and currently studies meteorology at SUNY Brockport.
While areas south of Buffalo have received plenty of rain lately, Buffalo and the Niagara Frontier have remained quite dry. Yesterday, storms brought over 1.25” of rain to some places south and east of Buffalo. Overall, in terms of precipitation, the northeast has been exceptionally dry. Buffalo is below normal for what you would expect this time of year. So far, we have only 0.90” of rainfall this month. The normal value for precipitation in the month of May is 3.22”. Last year, Buffalo received an above normal amount of precipitation for the month of May totaling 8.09”.
Since January 1st, Buffalo has received 11.95” of precipitation. The normal value is 14.77” and last year’s amount at a whopping 23.43”.
In response to such below normal precipitation amounts in Buffalo, topsoil moisture is struggling. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, New York is being classified as dry with a percentage of topsoil moisture near 37% which is below the five year mean. Although precipitation amounts are below normal, the northeast is not in a drought, as of yet.
To see Rainfall totals for Buffalo, NY click here: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/getclimate.php?wfo=buf
To see Topsoil Moisture Percentages for the U.S, click here: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/monitoring_and_data/soilmmap.gif
To see the U.S. Drought Monitor, click here: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/monitor.html