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Moderate drought conditions continue in WNY

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chart from U.S. Drought Monitor

Despite some light rain showers over the last 12 hours, the area's dry weather is expected to continue for most of the remaining summer.

The Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University reports high levels of precipitation are needed to offset the abnormally dry weather.

As landowners report  their struggles growing hay, corn and other crops, the numbers highlight the level of the problem.

The Climate Center says the Buffalo area has received under 15 inches of precipitation so far this year, that's about 72 percent of standard levels.