For farmers in many parts of Maine, drier growing seasons and windy ones too, have become all too familiar. A report released Monday shows 39% of the state is abnormally dry, representing eight counties, and that 14 of the state’s 16 counties are in a moderate drought, according to the Drought Task Force Report on Current Hydrologic Conditions. Put another way, 76% of the state’s population lives in an area experiencing drier than normal conditions.
“Drought conditions have substantially worsened across southern and central portions of the state during summer 2022,” according to the report. And the forecast for the next several days will provide no appreciable rain to put a dent in the drought.