Drought Conditions Update

There is more drought improvement to report, but the same for next week is unlikely.  Widespread drought conditions remain, but severe drought (D2) and extreme drought (D3) have been downgraded to moderate drought (D1) in approximately 50% of the southeastern area of the state which has experienced the worst dry conditions.  There is no rain forecast through the weekend or early next week and above normal temperatures in the 60s are expected, with southern parts of New Hampshire potentially seeing temperatures in the low 70s on Saturday.  Outlooks for mid-November indicate precipitation received is likely to be normal to slightly above normal. Since last week, the U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook has been released and indicates it is unlikely there will be more drought improvement by the end of the month.

 

ATTN: While the growing season is over, the warmer temperatures over the next few days are likely to result in an increase of outdoor water use as people head outdoors to wash cars, power wash, and tie up other fall cleanup chores.  Please keep the public reminded of outdoor water use restrictions, as well as indoor water saving tips. To date, 165 community water systems serving 345,000 people and eight municipalities with a total population of 66,000 have water use restrictions in place (Restriction List and Map).

 

New Monthly Groundwater Update! While the majority of the wells in the New Hampshire Geological Survey’s monitoring network are experiencing below normal to low groundwater levels, recent precipitation has raised groundwater levels in many of the wells in the northern portion of the state from low to normal.  With slightly below average precipitation in the central and southeast portions of the state, falling or below normal to low groundwater levels continue. For more information, see the New Hampshire Groundwater Level Monitoring Report for October 2020.  Reports are released monthly.

 

NEW! Are residential well owners experiencing well shortage issues in your community?  If so, they may qualify for the Low-Income Residential Drought Assistance Program.

 

Drought Guidance for the public, municipalities, and private well owners, as well as other drought information such as guidance on setting up an emergency water access location may be found on the Drought Management webpage.

 

Drought Update:

 

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor released this morning, there has been some drought improvement since last week.  7.47% of the state is categorized as “extreme drought” (D3), 9.29% of the state is categorized as “severe drought”(D2), 82.9% of the state is categorized as “moderate drought” (D1), and 0.33% is categorized as abnormally dry.

Tip* The restriction map includes town boundaries and drought categories, making it easy to identify if your municipality is experiencing drought.

 

Table. Percent of state in exceptional drought (D4), extreme drought (D3), severe drought(D2), moderate drought (D1), and abnormally dry (D0).

 

Over the past 7-days, the majority of the state received between 0.5” and 1.5” of precipitation.  Rockingham, Hillsborough, and the majority of Cheshire counties received the most, ranging between 1” to 1.5”.  Sullivan County, the western border of Grafton, the western border of Merrimack, and the majority of Coos received the least, ranging between 0.25” to 0.5” with northern parts of Coos receiving even less ranging from 0.01” to 0.25”.  The majority of Merrimack, Belknap, Strafford, Carrol, and the majority of Grafton counties received 0.5” to 1.0” (NOAA Precipitation Observed).

 

Over the past 30-days, all counties, have experienced normal to slightly above normal precipitation, but the longer term 90-day, 180-day, and 360-day precipitation departures remain for all counties (National Weather Service).

 

Forecast and Outlooks:

Above normal temperatures and dry conditions are forecast through the weekend and early next week.  A cold front is to follow later next week.  (NOAA National Weather Service Forecast & NOAA Precip Forecast).

 

The 6-10 day outlook strongly favors above normal temperatures and slightly favors above normal precipitation.  The 8-14 day outlook strongly favors above normal temperatures and favors normal precipitation (National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center).

 

New Monthly Update! According to the US Monthly and Seasonal Drought Outlook, over the next month drought conditions are likely to remain unchanged and over the next three months, drought conditions are likely to remain but improve, except for Coos County where drought removal is likely.

 

COVID 19 Update 3.17.20

Coronavirus COVID-19 Announcement:
Change in Town Functions

Town Hall is closed to the public for at least two weeks. Staff are working on-site during open hours. We accept cash or check only for all purposes.

Please deposit items for processing in the drop box in the front door of the Town Office or mail them. We will mail registrations, Transfer Station stickers and other items back to you. Please include a phone number or email address in case we need to reach you. We apologize in advance for the delay caused by the manner in which we need to interact under the circumstances. Please allow extra time for processing and submit items for processing earlier than you might usually.

There will be no meetings for the next two weeks with the exception of the Select Board meeting on Monday, March 23rd. Meetings must always be open to the public. However, if you feel ill in any way, we ask that for the foreseeable future you do not attend meetings or enter any public buildings. Comments to committees and boards can be made in writing through the office and will be passed on to the appropriate committee. If you leave contact information and you require a response, someone will respond to you.

Transfer Station protocol: The Transfer Station will remain open. However, we ask that for the safety of the employees and one another, that you do not stop to talk with neighbors or employees. Keep moving! Unfortunately, during this time, the employees have been directed NOT to assist people with their waste. We apologize for this but feel it is in everyone’s best interest.

You may email us at the links below. Or call the office at 742-2510.

Town Clerk
Tax Collector
Town Administrator

For vehicle registrations:
Please use the mail-in renewal notice. You may mail it in or use the drop box. Have a new or new-to-you vehicle? Please call or email the Town Clerk. Registrations will be mailed back to you. Once the registration is processed, it is in the State system (so the police will know you are current if you are pulled over.)

Building Permits:
Please print them at home by going to the website and putting “building permit” in the search bar on the homepage. If you cannot print please let us know and we will put one in an envelope on the door with your name on it or put it in the mail. Once filled out, mail it in or put it in the drop box. They are typically available on Tuesdays. Please call the office to find out if it is ready and the amount due. Submit payment by mail or in the drop box and we will mail the permit back to you. Questions? Call the office or email admin@rollinsford.nh.us

Tax payments:
Please mail them in or put them in the drop box. Call the office or email taxcollector@rollinsford.nh.us

Other:
For all other purposes, please call or email the office.

We appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented times. If we all take precautions now, perhaps we can reduce the duration of the inconvenience.

Select Board: Change in Schedule

The Select Board has decided to meet every other Monday evening rather than the current schedule of every Monday except for holidays.

This change is effective immediately. There will be no meeting on Monday, July 15th.

The Select Board’s schedule for the rest of the year is as follows:

July 22nd

August 5th

August 19th

September 9th

September 23rd

October 7th

October 21st

November 4th

November 18th

December 2nd

December 16th

December 30th

Note that all board and committee meetings are posted on the calendar on the website.