Wet spring brings end to N.H.’s drought

“As far as soil conditions go, it’s actually like a normal spring,” said Phil Ferdinando, owner of J&F Farms in Derry.
A wet spring combined with recent snowmelt have brought an end to New Hampshire’s drought conditions that began last spring and persisted through some of the winter months.
“With the latest rain things are coming up,” said Tom Hawley, a meteorologist and hydrologist at the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.
April was a wet month, Hawley said, adding that the rainy weather is expected to continue over the next couple of weeks.
“Right now we’re certainly in a wet period.
“If we can get to normal levels we should be OK going into the summer,” he said.
The recent drought was the worst since one in the 1960s that lasted for several years.
It began last spring after the state experienced below normal snowfall and a dry April.
“We didn’t get the typical recharge in the spring that we would normally get.
Unlike last year, Ferdinando said there are parts of his fields that are now wet.

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