The entire state was categorized as abnormally dry as of June 18th. It is likely that the southwestern portion of the state will be categorized as being in a moderate drought later this week. Over the last 60 days, the state has experienced a significant deficit in precipitation when compared to average precipitation amounts for the same time period. The majority of the northern half of the state including Belknap, Grafton, Carrol, and Coos counties have received 25 to 50% less precipitation than normal. To the south, the majority of Sullivan, Merrimack, Strafford, Rockingham, Hillsborough, and Cheshire counties have received 50 to 75% less precipitation than normal. NHDES has issued a press release urging private well owners to conserve and those on public water systems to abide by restrictions.
Stacey Herbold/Water Conservation Program; NHDES 6/23/2020
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of Thursday, June 24th, over 70% of NH has been upgraded from “Abnormally Dry” (D0) to “Moderate Drought” (D1), while the northern 30% of the state continues to experience “Abnormally Dry”(D0) conditions.
(Note* Abnormally dry conditions are a precursor to drought.)
Update email 08/06/20
Update email 7/10/20
Over the past few weeks, parts of the state received above normal precipitation, resulting in downgrading of a small area of the state from “moderate drought” (D1) to “abnormally dry”. In the majority of the state, the precipitation was only enough to stabilize drought conditions. Currently over half of the state continues to experience “moderate drought” (D1) conditions, while the rest of the state remains “abnormally dry”. The state is expected to receive widespread rain over the next few days, but not enough to make up for the deficit. Dry and hot conditions are expected throughout July.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of Thursday, July 9, 2020, the southern 56.45% of the state is categorized as “moderate drought” (D1), while the remaining northern portion of the state is categorized as “abnormally dry” (D0). Moderate drought is the first stage of four stages of drought.
Current Precipitation and Forecast:
Widespread rain is expected Friday night through the weekend (NOAA National Weather Service).
The 8-14 day outlook leans toward above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.
Due to the probability for higher temperatures and periods of little precipitation, the U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook favors drought conditions to persist through the month of July.
Latest NHDES Press Release: Drought Conditions in New Hampshire Predicted to Persist Through July
Update email 6/30/20 from NHDES
Due to the above information from NHDES, please discontinue all lawn watering, pool filling, etc.
Hand-watering is allowed for outdoor plants and gardens.
New homes with new lawns are the exception to the rule because they have new lawns installed that need water to grow.
Any questions, please call 603-746-3600.