The Labor Day weekend weather through Sunday has been nothing short of spectacular. Temperatures have been in the low 80s, and the humidity has been low. The mornings have been crisp, with just the slightest hint of autumn in it. It’s all good-or is it?
I don’t want to be the one to rain on everyone’s parade, but well, we need rain. We need lots of rain to make up for the current rainfall deficit throughout Connecticut. Have you seen lawns around the state? They’re brown, and look more like straw than grass.
How bad is the current drought? The Drought Monitor has been published on WXedge recently, showing that the shoreline is in a moderate drought, while central and northern sections are abnormally dry. Putting a few numbers to the situation (all statistics from Weather Underground and for 2015 to-date):
Deficit as measured in Bridgeport: -5.99 inches
Deficit as measured at Bradley Airport: -5.50 inches
Looking around the region….
Deficit as measured in Boston: -6.44 inches
Deficit as measured in NYC: -6.97 inches
Deficit as measured in Trenton: -5.58 inches
The drought, as we see, is not confined to Connecticut. From a monthly perspective, April, May, July, and August have seen below normal precipitation across Connecticut, and cumulatively have produced the dry conditions. May was the worst offender, with rainfall close to 3 inches below normal.
For the immediate future, there’s hope for rain at the end of this week. Just how much is still in question, though the 5-7 day QPF shows 1.5 to 2 inches possible across the state.
Everyone likes sunny, dry weather. However, in order for us to enjoy our Fall activities (pumpkin and apple picking, leaf peeping, produce harvesting, etc.) we need to get some rain soon. No one likes those brown lawns!
Now that summer is unofficially over, maybe our perspective on what makes for “great weather” can change, at least temporarily.