Most of New Hampshire is now officially ‘abnormally dry’ 

  • Drought map for NH as of June 5, 2018. Courtesy—NWS

Friday, June 08, 2018
Most of N.H. officially declared ‘abnormally dry’

Two-thirds of New Hampshire has been declared “abnormally dry,” the first stage of the five-step measure of drought, by the National Weather Service.

The measure covers all of the state except the Connecticut River valley and from the White Mountains north. Because of population density, NWS estimates the designation covers 92 percent of the state population.

Such a designation is not uncommon for parts of the state at this time of year. During the long dry spell of 2015-16, much of the state was in the second or even third stage of drought by early June.

According to the National Weather Service, last month was the ninth warmest and 10th driest May on record for Concord.

David Brooks