How Bad Is the Drought?
Upper Valley Spared the Worst of it So Far . . .
With the exception of the northern-most regions of Grafton County, the Upper Valley is experiencing a drought. Most of the region is either in what the National Drought Mitigation Center calls "Abnormally Dry" (the yellow areas in the maps below) or "Moderate Drought" (the beige areas in the maps below.) So far we've been spared the "Extreme Drought" that has gripped about 20 percent of New Hampshire.
The percentage of normal precipitation has been 50 percent or less during the last 30 days and 2-4 inches below normal at 60 days in the northeast," reports the Drought Mitigation Center. "Drought continues to expand, with extreme drought (D3) conditions expanding further north into eastern Maine. Average temperature anomalies during the past 30 days are 3-6 degrees above normal. Preliminary temperature data indicates that much of the Northeast coastline will be record warm for the month of September. Further south in Massachusetts, where the worse drought conditions have persisted, the longest, negative impacts continue. Farmers are reporting small crop harvests with the season ending sooner than usual. Droughts in southern New England can be relieved via a tropical system. Perhaps some relief will arrive in the next week or so."