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Connecticut  Drought Assessment Report

(Updated  October 25, 2002)

Cumulative Rainfall Deficit (DEP)

From January 1, 2002 to October 23, 2002 the cumulative departure from normal is minus 3.48 inches. In October, as of the 23rd, an average of 2.68 inches of rain fell across the state. The average rainfall as of October 23rd is 2.62 inches.


Weather Forecast (DEP/NWS)

The next week to ten days is expected to be above normal for precipitation and below normal for temperatures. November is expected to be near normal for precipitation and temperatures. The Winter Weather Forecast for December March is currently predicting a normal winter with near normal precipitation and slightly above normal temperatures in Connecticut.


Streamflow (USGS)

Data from surface-water gages across the state indicate that the 7-day average streamflow is still somewhat below normal for this time of the year.

Ground Water (USGS)

Nine of 70 wells were at new lows for September (5 were new lows for the period of record) and one well was at a new high for September (this well is near a river and the water level may have been effected by recent rains). Of the 14 wells measured since the drought of the 1960s, eight were in the normal range and six were below normal.

Water Supplies (DPH)

  • Reservoir levels and trends: As of October 15, 2002, reservoirs were at 73.7 percent of capacity. Normal capacity for this time of the year is 80.8 percent of capacity.
  • Utilities on DPHs Watch List: Bristol, New Britain, Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk Second Taxing District, New London and the other systems it supplies, such as Waterford. No change.


Palmer Drought Index (USDA): Near Normal

Crop Moisture Index (USDA): Normal

Daily Forest Fire Danger Report (DEP): Moderate


Summary Comments and Recommendations:

Recent rains have alleviated the general concerns about a return to drought-like conditions. However, the reservoir levels have dropped to some extent since August. Nevertheless, this does not appear to portend a problem for water supplies at this time. So, far October has been wetter than normal. With the present weather pattern it seems likely that above normal precipitation will continue for the near future and therefore it is expected that the precipitation deficit for the year will continue to diminish, at least for the short-term.

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