How the drought has spread in Connecticut

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Connecticut needs rain.

The state was abnormally dry last winter, but lack of rain starting in the summer as well as extended periods of sometimes-record breaking temperatures made it worse.

Most of the state is currently under severe drought, according to officials. High daytime temperatures and limited night time cooling, combined with a lack of rain and low stream flows, are causing extra stress on nature.

In August, the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection took the unprecedented action of closing parts of Farmington River to fishing to protect fisheries.

The drought might also cause Connecticut’s leaves to turn sooner than they have traditionally.

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