Nov 1, 2016 4:07 PM

Recent rain making a bit of a dent in extreme NH drought

NH1 Meteorologist

There are signs the worst drought to impact New Hampshire in decades may be improving a bit.

The southeastern corner of the state, the epicenter of the drought, received the most rain of anywhere in the state during the month of October.

October was the first month since February with above average precipitation in Concord. Over 6 inches of rain fell in the state capital, more than 2 inches above the monthly average.

In Manchester, over 4 inches fell during the month, a tick above the monthly average. However, most of that rain fell during a deluge on the 21st, flooding susceptible areas of the city.

WATCH: Manchester residents clean-up after rain floods streets

Western New Hampshire generally received between 2 and 3 inches of precipitation during the month, a bit below the average.

While this recent precipitation is good news in the short-term, it will take many months of average or above average precipitation to truly put an end to the drought.

Concord has a deficit of over 6 inches going back to January 1st. The deficit is over 15 inches in Manchester.

Some rain is in the forecast on Thursday, but the forecast for the next 8 to 14 days is for below average precipitation. There are signs a more unsettled and wet pattern could develop during the middle to second half of this month.

Get the latest forecast any time on NH1.com.

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    Drought monitor through late October.
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    October total precipitation, via WeatherBELL.
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    October observed precipitation.
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