Recent Rains Bringing Some of Connecticut Out of the Drought
Another 59 percent of this state is considered to be in "abnormally dry" condition.
Many cities and counties in the state of Connecticut are facing severe drought conditions as reservoirs and wells are drained of their natural resource, water.
April saw 3.77 inches of rain and snow at Bradley, or just .05 inches above normal for that month.
Buttrick said the region’s two-year-long drought will take "many, many months" of normal rainfall to correct.
Precipitation in 2016 was more than 13 inches below normal, and Buttrick said groundwater and aquifer levels in much of Connecticut were significantly depleted.
In their most recent report, the U.S. Drought Monitor experts also noted that "groundwater levels remained unfavorably low" in portions of New England like Connecticut that are still listed as abnormally dry or in moderate drought.
The federal climate scientists said that "additional soaking rainfall will be needed to recharge the region’s aquifers as water demands increase in response to seasonally warmer weather."
Nearly all of Connecticut’s drinking water reservoirs are now listed as being at above 85 percent of normal capacity and some are reporting 100 percent of normal levels.
The lowest reservoir listed on the state Department of Public Health’s March status report was the New Britain Water Department, with 70 percent of normal capacity.
The good news is that the NWS forecast is calling for additional showers in the region late Monday and "more soaking rains" for later in the week, Buttrick added.