Despite a wetter-than-usual October, drought conditions are hanging on across much of New England, according to reports from the National Drought Mitigation Center.

The Portland Jetport recorded 8.36 inches of rainfall for the month of October – considerably more than the monthly average of 4.87 inches. But the month of November ended with less precipitation than normal, leaving drought conditions mostly unchanged over most of the state. Long-range forecasts from the National Weather Service predict that the region’s drought conditions will persist through the winter.

This interactive map shows the official drought maps for New England since its peak at the end of September. Click and drag the slider below to watch drought conditions change over the course of the fall.

*December rainfall to date, as of Dec. 21.
SOURCE: National Weather Service, University of Nebraska National Drought Mitigation Center
INTERACTIVE: Christian MilNeil | @vigorousnorth

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