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Long Island still in moderate drought, monitor's latest report says

Long Island remains in moderate drought, where it's been since May, with a 7.55-inch precipitation deficit at Long Island MacArthur Airport since Jan. 1.

That's the least intense drought category of the U.S. Drought Monitor, which releases its weekly updates on Thursday mornings.

In fact, "dry weather kept moderate drought (D1) intact from northern New Jersey to southern Maine," according to the monitor's summary statement.

Earlier in the summer, storm systems didn't quite make it as far east as Long Island, meteorologists said. And, at this time of year, the area could get precipitation from tropical systems, but, as predicted, the Atlantic hurricane season has been especially quiet, said Faye Barthold, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.

While no significant precipitation is expected through next Tuesday, keep an eye on an approaching frontal system that has the potential to bring rain as of Wednesday night, the weather service said.

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