NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Long Island is in the midst of a drought, but exactly how bad is it?

In Suffolk County, meteorologist Evan Duffey told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that it was the driest March on record, 4 to 6 inches below the normal rainfall. The National Weather Service said that Suffolk County and eastern Nassau County are experiencing severe drought conditions.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported

“Between the warmth and the lack of rain, it’s been pretty tough to keep the soil anything but bone dry,” Duffey told Hall. “If the crops don’t get the required amount of rain within the next couple of weeks here, there could be some problems with things not coming up when they’re supposed to. You at least need a couple of good soaking rains.”

Duffy said that no soaking rainfall is in the forecast in the near future. He added that not only do drought conditions affect crops, but the dry ground can increase the likelihood of fires, like the one that took place in Manorville earlier this week in which homes and over 1,100 acres of land were damaged and destroyed.

Had you noticed that it’s been uncharacteristically dry this season? Share your thoughts and comments below…

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