Updated: May 23, 2013 [PRINT]
|US Drought Monitor1 Classification for New Hampshire||A Moderate Drought for Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack and Sullivan County. Abnormally Dry for Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton, Rockingham and Stratford County. (updated Thursdays based on data as of 7:00 AM Tuesday at US Drought Monitor)|
|Precipitation||Generally a deficit of 2-6" over the last 90 days in the southern two-thirds of the state, and a deficit of 2-4" over the northern 1/3 of the state over the last 90 days. (daily updates at Weather Service Precipitation Analysis Tool)|
|Stream Flow Conditions||Currently at normal levels throughout the state due to recent precipitation. (daily updates at USGS WaterWatch - Streamflow conditions)|
|Groundwater Levels||Groundwater levels are generally below normal throughout the state. Groundwater levels will drop rapidly in the coming weeks due to the onset of the vegetative growing season and increased water use for lawn irrigation unless precipitation levels return to normal. (updated monthly at USGS Groundwater Watch)|
|Drinking Water Supply Reservoirs||At acceptable or near average conditions. However, storage levels will be below normal in the upcoming weeks if additional precipitation does not occur|
|Recreational Lake Levels||Precipitation is needed to refill some lakes to summer recreational levels. Lake water levels for several water bodies in NH can be accessed at DES Real-Time Data & Information for Watersheds in New Hampshire.|
|Fire Danger||Check daily. Conditions change frequently. (updates at NH Division of Forest & Lands)|
1. The U.S. Drought Monitor is joint venture of the USDA; National Drought Mitigation Center; US Department of Commerce; and NOAA.
More information at:
James Martin, Public Information Officer
29 Hazen Drive; PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095
(603) 271-8013 (fax)
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