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Northeast Under Drought Watch

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Authorities say much of the Northeast is experiencing drought conditions, with sections of New York and Massachusetts among the driest.

The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday that western New York, the state's Finger Lakes region, as well as much of central and northeastern Massachusetts are experiencing severe drought conditions. Severe conditions extend into southern New Hampshire and southwestern Maine.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials put the entire state under drought watch Friday, citing below normal precipitation over the last 9 months, low stream flows, and reduced groundwater levels as prompting the need for such action.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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