Lack of April showers puts Concord back in drought

  • drought map April 2021 NOAA—Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 4/15/2021 3:33:20 PM

The Concord area might be seeing some of the heaviest rain in many weeks but parts of the city have still re-entered drought status due to a lack of April showers on top of lower-than-normal snowfall and last year’s dry weather.

The new designation, based on accumulated precipitation, levels of surface water and groundwater as well as plant and soil conditions, puts the southwestern third of New Hampshire into “moderate drought” category as designated by the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Admninistration. The rest of the state is considered “abnormally dry,” one step below drought. 

So far this year, precipitation in Concord is 3.75 inches below average, but that comes on top of last year when most of New Hampshire was at least 6 inches below normal for rainfall and snow.

Concord entered official drought a year ago, in May 2020, then improved in the fall to the lesser designation of “abnormally dry,” before returning to “moderate drought” this week.




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