Rain washes away drought conditions across state

Recent heavy rains have washed away any abnormally dry or drought conditions across Connecticut.

Last week, U.S. Drought Monitor had more than 82 percent of the state with moderate drought conditions

On Thursday, it removed all drought and abnormally dry conditions from the Connecticut map.

Of course, you don’t need an agency like Drought Monitor to tell us why.

Rain, lots of it.

“More than 4 inches of rain (locally to 12 inches) fell on much of New England, especially from Long Island, Connecticut, and Rhode Island northward through Massachusetts, eastern Vermont, New Hampshire, and much of Maine,” it said.

“The rains were quite beneficial as it fell on areas that had recently gone into moderate drought and had lingering long-term deficits going back as far as one to two years.”

On Oct. 29-30, southwest Connecticut was swamped with heavy rain. Rainfall totals included nearly 6 inches in Monroe and Shelton. Communities from Greenwich to Newtown received between 4 and 5 inches from that storm.

The week before, on Oct. 24, more than 4 inches of rain fell in Stratford and Shelton.

Sikorsky Memorial Airport recorded 7.37 inches of rain in October — nearby double the average for the month.