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Northern Connecticut Experiencing An Emerging Drought

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Officials announced that Connecticut’s four northern counties are experiencing Stage 2 Drought conditions. Rainfall in those counties has been three to seven inches below normal over the past 90 days.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association uses a five-tier system to assess droughts with stages 0 through 4 indicating increasing levels of drought. Stage 2 identifies an emerging drought that could impact water supplies, agriculture or natural ecosystems.

Residents are asked to curtail outdoor water use and fix leaky plumbing to minimize the impact of prolonged dryness.

The rest of the state is considered to be in Stage 1.