U.S. Drought Monitor

U.S. Geological Survey

2020 has been a very dry year. You might have noticed that your garden needs watering more than usual this summer — we've even been hearing of people watering their grass. And that's not something you see a lot of in Maine.

U.S. Drought Monitor

Almost 60% of Maine is in a "severe drought" stage now.

National Weather Service

Hot conditions since May coupled with very little rainfall have caused not just drier than average conditions in Maine, but actual drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Drought May Have Aided Storm That Walloped Maine, Northeast

Nov 2, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine — Drought conditions, recent rainfall and an unusual storm path in Maine may have contributed to the large numbers of trees that toppled during a storm that walloped the Northeast this week, officials said.

Powerful rainstorms lashing northern New England are washing away fire danger, but the wind and rain also has left thousands in the dark.

The National Weather Service says much-needed rain that's on the way will help to reduce the fire danger across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
 
Meteorologist Eric Schwibs in Gray, Maine, says the rain will begin on Tuesday and up to 3 inches could fall before it ends by Thursday morning.

That will help with a spate of wildfires across the region.
 
The U.S. Drought Monitor indicates most of northern New England is currently listed as in a moderate drought or abnormally dry. The driest conditions are on the coast of Maine.