Connecticut’s Long-Running Drought Declared Over By Federal Experts
More than 24 percent of the state state, in a swath stretching across the mid-section of Connecticut and including most of Hartford County, is still listed as "abnormally dry by federal experts.
Last week, U.S. Drought Monitor scientists considered almost one-quarter of Connecticut to still be suffering from "moderate drought" conditions.
"A cool and wet week allowed for improvements to the remaining areas of drought and dryness in the region," the climate experts reported Thursday.
"There are still some indicators of long-term dryness in the region, but the most recent wet pattern has eliminated all drought concerns for the time being."
A working group of Connecticut state agencies last week lifted the drought watch that it has issued in October 2016 when the lack of rainfall was causing serious concerns about low levels in drinking water reservoirs.
Numerous communities and water companies around the state issued voluntary – and some mandatory – water use restrictions.
The only exception is the New London Water Department, which listed its reservoir at 89 percent of normal.
Similar drought advisories were issued by the state in 2002, 2007 and 2010.
NWS monitors at Bradley International Airport showed precipitation there was more than 13 inches below normal for all of 2016.
The drought had all sorts of major impacts on agricultural crops in this state.