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Connecticut's Drought Continues, But Conditions Are Improving

Some much-needed rain has lowered the threat of drought across the state.

The U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday that virtually all of Connecticut has exited the “severe” and “extreme” drought categories. 

Western portions of the state are now experiencing no drought, while central and eastern Connecticut are experiencing dry to “moderate” drought conditions.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas said that’s an improvement.

"Which is good news, for sure. Of course we had the soaking rain -- a couple of soaking rain events last week along with that snow -- and, basically, what happened is that the drought intensity has improved," Argianas said. "So there’s still a drought, but it’s just not as severe as it was previously."

Connecticut’s longest drought in recent record lasted 46 weeks beginning in June 2016 and ending in May of the following year. The most intense period occurred in mid-November 2016, when “extreme” drought conditions affected nearly half of Connecticut’s land.

Patrick Skahill is a reporter and digital editor at Connecticut Public. Prior to becoming a reporter, he was the founding producer of Connecticut Public Radio's The Colin McEnroe Show, which began in 2009. Patrick's reporting has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered. He has also reported for the Marketplace Morning Report. He can be reached at pskahill@ctpublic.org.

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