Evidence of a drought: Kaaterskill Falls

Above: Earlier this evening at Kaaterskill Falls.

The usually mighty falls have been reduced to a trickle by a mild winter and a record-breaking hot summer with little rain.  Evidence of Irene and Lee's late-summer fury is still evident on the tree limb-strewn trail to the falls, and swimmers looking for a place to cool off [like I was] after today's 97 degree peak temperatures would be disappointed, after negotiating the altered landscape, to reach the base of the falls only to see the usually teeming pools down to nothing more than shallow puddles. The rain gods are expected to give us some relief during the day Wednesday, but the 10-day forecast is calling for more sunshine, albeit accompanied by milder temperatures.  -- Andrea Girolamo