MEDIA ADVISORY: N.H. State Climatologist Says Northern New England Experiencing "Moderate" Drought

By Erika Mantz
UNH News Bureau
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August 24, 2001


DURHAM, N.H. -- Parts of northern New England have recorded less than 25 percent of the average amount of rainfall in the last month and a half, resulting in drought conditions that threaten the forests and water quality.

The only part of New England that has had above normal precipitation is the extreme southeastern portion, including Boston, Providence, and the Cape.

"There have been many coastal storms, but the associated rainbands have not extended inland," says Barry Keim, N.H. State Climatologist and associate professor in the University of New Hampshire's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space. "Recent rainfall totals were insufficient to dispel the drought conditions that have gripped extreme northern New England, nor have they made a dent in the drought watch in the vast majority of the region."

Rainfall totals since July 18 for parts of New Hampshire:

  • Durham, 1.5 inches (3-3.5 inches considered normal)
  • Concord, 1.76 inches (3-3.5 inches considered normal)
  • Berlin, 0.86 inches (4 inches or more considered normal)
  • The National Drought Mitigation Center has extreme northern Vermont, New Hampshire north of the White Mountains, and the upper two-thirds of Maine in a "moderate" drought. A map of the drought and drought watch regions can be found at http://enso.unl.edu/monitor/monitor.html.


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