Jul 7, 2016 11:53 AM

NH1 First Alert Weather: Despite upcoming showers, southern NH in severe drought

NH1 Meteorologist - NH1.com

Although showers are in the forecast, parts of southern New Hampshire are officially in a severe drought.

The latest update from the U.S. Drought Monitor says the southern third of the state, from Concord to the Massachusetts border, is in at least a moderate drought. The southeastern corner of the state, from Manchester to the seacoast, is now experiencing severe drought conditions.

It has been incredibly dry so far this year. According to the National Weather Service, Manchester has only received 10.46 of precipitation since January 1. That is over 12 inches below average. Concord has received 14.49 inches since January 1; close to six inches below average.

In response to the extremely dry conditions, several towns have restricted or banned outdoor water use. Near record to record low stream flows have been observed in parts of the area, according to the USGS.

Even central and northern portions of the Granite State are beginning to feel the lack of rain. While summertime thunderstorms have produced heavy rain in some communities recently, not all areas have received this beneficial rainfall.

While scattered showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for the next few days, a widespread soaking rain that would put a dent in the drought appears unlikely anytime soon.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced each Thursday by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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