“Extreme drought” conditions in Connecticut

The rainfall deficit for 2016 is approximately 6 inches … and yet, if you look as far back as January 2015, you will learn Connecticut is almost 13 inches shy.

The sporadic downpours we did get this summer may has impacted turf and small home gardens—but it’s still wasn’t enough to ease the drought. “Extreme drought” that is.

On the scale, “Extreme drought” is the fourth highest of the five classifications and it’s impact is evident because major crop losses are occurring. That could mean higher prices at the grocery store.

And according to sources at the U.S. Drought Monitor, conditions continue to worsen across parts of our state. Northern areas of our state—most notably from Windsor Locks to Putnam—has experienced the most “extreme drought” conditions. U.S. Drought Monitor reports the rest of the state has experienced “moderate” drought conditions.

“Little or no precipitation fell on most areas, leading to intensifying and expanding dryness and drought in many areas,” Drought Monitor reports. “Extreme drought was introduced in northeast Massachusetts (and northern Connecticut) where 90-day rainfall deficits exceeded 8 inches. In other drought areas, shortfalls of 4 to 7 inches were common during this period.”

The Connecticut State Department of Health issued a drought advisory for the state this summer. U.S. Drought Monitor has said the 12-month period ending in June was the fourth driest on record. Imagine that? It’s worth repeating … The fourth driest on record.

And national weather experts predict the drought will persist at least through the end of October. Does this mean conditions will be ripe for a snow-filled winter?

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