NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Drought. You have heard this term countless times in Connecticut over the last few years. By definition a drought refers to a prolonged period of time with abnormally low rainfall, and that’s exactly what we’ve been experiencing.
On average we should see around a tenth of an inch of rain every day, but since the beginning of this year, we’ve seen rain only 18 percent of the days. It may not seem like it, but those numbers are enough to cause a severe drought for almost all of our state.
So let’s get to the actual numbers. Since the beginning of this year, the shoreline has missed out on over a months worth of rain. Inland Connecticut has missed out on almost three months worth of rain. While those number are impressive, they don’t tell the whole story. Here is how much rain we have missed out on since the beginning of 2015.
At the shoreline, we would need to see two and a half times the amount of normal monthly rainfall to make up our deficit, inland it’s even worse than that. But these numbers only tell the story for the reservoirs. You see, a lot of rain falling in a short period of time would run into storm drains and down into reservoirs but wouldn’t have the time to soak into the ground.
In order for us to both make up our rainfall deficit and lose our severe drought status, we would likely need a solid 6 very rainy or snowy months to get back to where we should be with rainfall numbers. It may not be as bad as California, but if things don’t change soon, we’ll likely see mandatory water restrictions in our state.