Know The Flow!
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Oct 2, 2013 Summary: According to The Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service of the National Weather Service, Connecticut rainfall during the last 30 days was below average except for small areas of the northwest corner of the state ( interactive maps were still working as of Oct 2 ). The US Geological Service streamflow map of Connecticut ( still working as of Oct 2 ) shows most streams are in the range considered average for this time of year with only a few below average. However, all those average flows have been steadily dropping and most if not all of them are now at or below the actual numerical long term average for that site. Without significant rainfall, most of the streams in CT will soon show the orange and red of below average flow. What is most significant to the flow of rivers and streams between storms however, is that groundwater levels dropped steadily during September and are now all below the normally low levels expected for this time of year. To return to normal flows, Connecticut will have to get steady, above average rainfall before the snow and frozen ground shut off most infiltration for the Winter. The US Drought Monitor map of Connecticut shows that as of Tuesday Sep 24, only about a third of the state was classified in abnormally dry conditions, but that will change if precipitation remains below normal. Compared to other parts of the country, Connecticut is lucky. (Please note that the Drought Monitor may get stuck on that date unless its production is entirely automated.)
State of CT - Drought (Search)
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Model Water Use Restriction Ordinance (PDF, 28KB)