Connecticut under the latest federal drought report. Areas in red are listed as being in “extreme drought,” which is the U.S. Drought Monitor’s second-highest classification. Graphic courtesy the National Drought Mitigation Center

The U.S. Drought Monitor said that more precipitation, combined with low temperatures and minimal evaporation, have increased soil moisture. But the agency is still classifying drought in portions of central and northwest Connecticut as “extreme.”

W. David LeVasseur, with Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management, said the drought is linked to below-average rainfalls in state that go back to 2015.

“We have long way to go before we get back to normal conditions,” LeVasseur said. “Having said that, obviously the recent precipitation we’ve had in December and January has been very helpful. At a minimum, it’s made sure that we haven’t gone further into the drought situation.”

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