Aroostook County Drought Continues

Severe Drought continues to Impact Northern Aroostook County
Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 11:35 AM EDT
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Updated Drought Monitor for Maine
Updated Drought Monitor for Maine(WAGM)

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - Severe drought continues for northern Aroostook County as we close out July. Impacts being noticed in Aroostook County are on the hay businesses, crops such as potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, and more needing irrigation, and as we saw earlier this month with the heat and dryness, fish kills on a few lakes. Moderate drought is still being seen across the rest of Aroostook County this week.

It has been 90 days since May 1st, and Caribou has received 6.16 inches of precipitation before this morning’s showers and thunderstorms, making it the 2nd driest period on record dating back to 1939. The 30 year average is 11.42 inches, meaning the current precipitation amount since May 1st to yesterday is 5.26 inches below average. For more information on the National Drought Monitor, click the link attached below.

WAGM will have more on how certain crops are being impacted by the drought this week and weekend.

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