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Northeastern Drought: It's No California, but It's Still Dry

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Farmer John Lavoie walks through a drying strawberry patch in Hollis, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 12:16 PM

Northeastern drought in the United States has stunted crops, prompted water restrictions, and threatened wildfires. And while it isn't as dire as the dry spell on the West Coast, it has brought challenges to the region.

The area from Maine to Pennsylvania is seeing its second year of below-average rainfall, The Associated Press reported.
 
"We need some rain pretty quick," said farmer John Lavoie. "There is just some corn that won't make it. A lot of things we would like to give water to, we can't."

The drought is expected to continue through the end of October at least, and some areas are seeing driest conditions in a decade, the AP said.

"Some farmers are abandoning crops because it's not worth the financial risk of harvesting them," Katie Campbell-Nelson, a vegetable production specialist with the UMass Extension told the AP.

Massachusetts already has seen more than 1,000 wildfires, and some wells are going dry in Connecticut.

The entire state of Connecticut is either abnormally dry or experiencing moderate drought, while parts of New York and Massachusetts are seeing the most severe drought, WNPR reported.

Chances of scattered thunderstorms in the next one or two weeks could bring some relief to areas of New Hampshire and across the Northeast, but not all areas will see rain, NH1 News reported.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection issued a drought watch for 12 counties in the northern half of the state, where residents are being asked to conserve water voluntarily, New Jersey 101.5 reported.

“The hope right now is the drought watch brings awareness to the public, and we do get voluntary cutbacks,” Steve Doughty, a research scientist at the DEP said, according to the station. “We can save millions of gallons per day just by folks reducing their water use by about 10 percent, which isn’t a whole lot.”

The area of the contiguous United States experiencing drought increased by almost 18 percent during the five-week period that ended July 5, with pockets of drought everywhere from the northern Plains and upper Midwest to the interior Southeast, lower Great Lakes region and the Northwest, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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Northeastern drought in the United States has stunted crops, prompted water restrictions, and threatened wildfires. And while it isn't as dire as the dry spell on the West Coast, it has brought challenges to the region.
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