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DRY YEAR OF 2001 January 3, 2002

Posted by thenaturalist in Droughts.
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How dry was 2001? The driest  ever in at least two Vermont towns: St. Johnsbury and Newport. St. Johnsbury got just 26 inches of rain or melted snow in 2001 — compared to a norm of about 35 inches. In 2000, St. Johnsbury got 42 inches. Newport got slightly more than 30 inches in 2001, compared to the long-term average of 39.45 inches. Burlington got only a little better than 23 inches, more than 11 inches below normal — which put 2001 at the fourth-driest ever for Vermont’s largest city. Ten of 12 months in 2001 registered less than normal precipitation. Homeowners ran out of water when their springs, and then their wells, started drying up in the summer and fall. Many drilled new wells, causing a flurry of business for drilling companies. (Anne Wallace Allen, BFP, 1/3/02)