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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - It's another wet week in much of central and northern New York, offering no relief to those experiencing flooding along Lake Ontario and in the area. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) -A months-long drought that started last year seems like a distant memory after an extremely wet spring, but abnormally dry soil conditions in New York State persisted until just  two weeks ago. 

State Of Emergency In Broome County

May 2, 2017
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BINGHAMTON  (AP) — More than 40,000 utility customers are without power after powerful thunderstorms packing high winds rolled across upstate New York.

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - With Lake Ontario's waters continuing to rise. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to assist communities for possible flooding. More than 130,000 sandbags have been deployed to the region, as residents prepare for flooding in low-elevation areas.

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Governor Cuomo has directed state agencies to assist local communities in Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, and Wayne counties for possible flooding issues due to rising water levels on Lake Ontario and is urging all residents in the region to prepare for flooding.  

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Republican senators have proposed a state budget for this year that includes $3 million towards helping upstate farmers recover from last summer’s drought, the worst the state has seen in decades. In some cases, the dry summer weather resulted in the loss of entire crops.

How Warm Was Winter On The Great Lakes? Plenty Warm

Mar 27, 2017
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BUFFALO (Great Lakes Today) - A new report sums up the crazy winter that brought unusually warm temperatures to the Great Lakes region -- as well as some brutal Lake Effect snowstorms. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The joint effort between New York state and officials in Oneida County to recover from this week's massive snowstorm continue, but some lawmakers say the recovery was hampered by an inaccurate weather forecast that wasted precious time and resources. 

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On Wednesday, Binghamton and Southern Tier residents woke up to Day Two of a record-setting winter snowstorm.

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Snow has stopped falling for the most part, and roads have re-opened across Pennsylvania. But, it looks as though state lawmakers may take a little more time to get up and running again. Committee meetings remain cancelled for the rest of the week. 

Recapping Winter Storm's Impacts On Pennsylvania

Mar 15, 2017
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KEYSTONE CROSSROADS - The pre-spring storm prompted a wide swath of snow emergencies, cancellations and travel warnings. But it certainly wasn't as blizzard-like and disrupting as weather prognosticators anticipated. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The massive snowstorm that held much of Central and Eastern Pennsylvania captive for nearly a full day may have died down, but the Wolf administration has said the commonwealth isn't quite out of the woods yet. 

Air Travelers Cope With Cancellations, Delays

Mar 14, 2017
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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - n anticipation of the northeastern snow storm, thousands of flights across the country were canceled or delayed Tuesday. The terminal at the Rochester International Airport was eerily quiet, as only a couple of flights were still scheduled to depart. Charlie O’Neil was trying to get to Madison, Wisconsin.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A little house on the shore of Lake Ontario is gaining national attention. After being pummeled with water, cold air and high winds, portions of the house that face the lake are covered in thick layers of ice. The ice house, as it's come to be known, is actually one of a string of frozen houses along the south shore of the lake in Webster, N.Y. 

Governor Tom Wolf is urging Pennsylvanians to stay off the roads today, as a major storm dumps snow across the midstate. With nearly a foot and a half of snow expected, Wolf is urging people to postpone unnecessary trips. He says it's a pretty good day to stay indoors.

UPDATED: New York's Travel Bans Lifted, Advisory Still In Place

Mar 13, 2017
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UPDATE (4:29 p.m) Governor Cuomo has lifted all travel and tractor trailer restrictions on roadways across New York State. The tractor trailer bans on the New York State Thruway, I-81, I-86/Rt. 17, I-87 from Albany to the Canadian border and I-88 will be lifted effective immediately. The Broome County travel ban has also been lifted. 

Clean Up From Fierce Windstorm Continues

Mar 10, 2017
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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The sounds of chain saws echoed through many neighborhoods on Thursday, particularly in Irondequoit which was hit hard by this week's wind storm. That's where Amber Lamanna lives, and she was flying back from Chicago, but her plane was diverted because of the high winds.

Snowza' Comin'? Great Lakes Warmer Than Normal.

Dec 2, 2016
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(WXXI) New heat maps from NOAA show the startling change in water temperatures across the Great Lakes this year. 

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Even though your lawn might be a bit greener in recent days, the Rochester Finger Lakes region is still experiencing a severe to extreme drought. 

Rain, Rain Is Here To Stay (For A Couple Days)

Sep 30, 2016
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Forecasts call for a couple of rainy days ahead. And while the rain has been steady, it's not expected to completely erase the dry conditions that developed over the past few months. The region is short of the usual rainfall total at this point, and while today and tomorrow will help, National Weather Service meteorologist Greg DeVoir says it probably won't be enough.

When people hear the word drought, they likely think of California. But there's also an extreme drought in parts of New England. The Northeast is experiencing the worst drought in more than a decade.

How To Help Your Trees and Lawn Survive Drought

Aug 16, 2016
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Some trees are starting to change color and shed leaves, a sign that they have been stressed by the severe drought in the region. Laurie Broccolo of Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care says it's important not to fertilize an older, existing tree, but there are some things you can do to help your trees survive the abnormally dry conditions.

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Walking among rows of green, picturesque vines, Tom Higgins of Heart & Hands Wine Company in Cayuga County pointed to a densely-packed cluster of pinot noir grapes. That density is typical for pinot noir, but this year, the cluster is even more crowded, which has implications for the last month or so of the growing season.

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Parts of western and central New York, including the Southern Tier, remain in a severe drought category according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. More dry weather could impact the state in the months ahead.

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A severe drought is taking a toll on dairy farmers in Tompkins County. Producers in the area say they've received about six less inches rain than an average season thus far.

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ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — A severe drought in the Finger Lakes region has prompted Cornell University to restrict water use to ensure there's enough when students arrive in a few weeks.

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  It hasn't been an easy season for gardeners. 

The National Weather Service says part of the upstate region has  received as much as 1/3-less rainfall so far this year compared to an average season. 

Casey Krause, co-owner of the Hillside Garden Center in Binghamton, says these conditions are nothing new.

"We've had three really tough years in a row," she explains. "We had two strong winters, hard winters, and then, last summer, we had a drought."

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(WRVO) Under proposed legislation, motorists could be fined for not cleaning snow off their vehicles. But there are plenty of objections to this bill. Western New York Assemblyman Mickey Kearns says if the bill comes to the floor, he'll vote no.  

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It's Groundhog Day and according to the furriest forecaster around, there will be an early spring.

Punxsatawney Phil peaked out from his burrow at about 7:20 this morning and did not see his shadow, predicting a sooner end to winter.

Shovelful by shovelful, snowplow by snowplow, the East Coast is digging its way out from underneath an enormous winter storm that blanketed much of the region with up to 3 feet of snow.

And as high winds and 36 hours of snow give way to clear skies and sunshine, some people are taking to the wintry landscape with glee.

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