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Drought

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Responders have put out at least two small brush fires in New Hampshire this week amid dry conditions and high winds.

One was in Cornish, near homes on Route 12-A. The other destroyed a barn in Hinsdale.

Fire danger has been rated at least moderate in the state this week. And there's little rain in the forecast in the coming days. The state is well below average on precipitation for the year, with another potential drought in the works this spring.

Combined with gusty winds, the state says it means any open burning can easily catch and spread uncontrolled.

A continuación, lee las noticias del viernes 2 de abril. También puedes escucharlas haciendo click en el audio. 

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New Hampshire anuncia más casos de COVID-19, nuevas fallecimientos y aumento de hospitalizaciones mientras se expande acceso a la vacuna 

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New Hampshire is likely headed into an early spring drought despite recent rain and snow, according to the latest national forecast – and state officials are already warning of the potential drinking water impacts.

A sign says "Vaccine Available," next to other signs pointing to "Vaccines"
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A continuación, lee las noticias del lunes 29 de marzo.

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Hay buen ritmo de vacunación en el estado pero aumentan casos de COVID-19 

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New federal research shows drought can increase the risk of unsafe arsenic levels in private drinking water wells -- especially in New Hampshire, Maine and the Midwest, where arsenic in wells is already a problem.

The study from the U.S. Geological Survey comes as forecasters predict the country's worst spring drought since 2013, affecting tens of millions of people, especially in the Western half of the country.

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A continuación, lee las noticias del 12 de febrero y la entrevista con la nutrióloga María Clara Mejía de Nutrés Medellín. 

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Infecciones y hospitalizaciones se reducen pero aun hay que seguir tomando precaución, recomiendan funcionarios 

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A continuación, encuentra las noticias del viernes 4 de diciembre. 

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Estado reduce días de cuarentena para los que se exponen al COVID

Los funcionarios de salud anunciaron el jueves que New Hampshire reducirá el periodo de cuarentena recomendado para los que han estado expuestos al COVID-19.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a drought disaster across all 10 New Hampshire counties.

It comes as the drought worsens again in the Southeastern area of the state, surrounding Strafford County.

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October was New Hampshire's wettest month since April, but the state's drought is still extreme in and around Strafford County.

All of the rest of the state remains in moderate drought. At a virtual multi-agency meeting Thursday, state officials said there hasn’t been enough rain recently to alleviate this.

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A new state aid program has already gotten more than 60 requests for bottled water from people whose wells have run dry as a result of the drought, which has persisted in Southeastern New Hampshire despite recent rain and snow.

The dry conditions have improved in much of the state and region, but remain extreme in much of Rockingham and Strafford Counties and surrounding areas, as well as in southern Maine and from Cape Cod into Rhode Island.

Are you noticing any issues with your home's water supply? Send us an email with your story.

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Certain New England tree species might not grow as fast after severe drought years like this one, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire.

The findings come from an ongoing study on plots of red oak and white pine trees – both key timber species – in Durham and the White Mountains.

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A continuación, encuentra las noticias del jueves 29 de octubre. 

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Estado comparte datos actualizados de COVID mientras el contagio comunitario aumenta

El estado registró 113 [ciento trece] nuevos casos confirmados de COVID-19 el miércoles, junto a tres fallecimientos más. Esto lleva el total de muertes en el estado a 478 [cuatrocientos setenta y ocho]. 

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The state is offering emergency aid and bottled water for low-income homeowners whose drinking water wells are running dry due to the ongoing drought.

The state’s Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund is putting up $1.5 million for the relief program, which is the first of its kind in any drought. 

Low-income homeowners whose private wells have run dry can request temporary free deliveries of bottled water for drinking and cooking.

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New Hampshire’s dry conditions are improving after recent rain, but the southeastern part of the state is still in extreme drought. 

The latest update from the National Drought Monitor shows two areas of extreme drought left all across New England. One covers parts of southern Maine across the upper Seacoast toward I-93. The other spans from Cape Cod into Rhode Island.

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The state has lifted its restrictions on smoking and campfires near public woodlands after recent wet weather.

The ban was a rare step taken in late September amid extreme drought conditions. Now, the state says it's going back to its normal permitting system for open burning.

Officials say a rainy spell and higher humidity have eased the risk of wildfires despite the ongoing drought.

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The current drought has prompted communities across New Hampshire to issue water use restrictions. For towns with older water systems, or less access to bodies of water, the drought can present economic and logistical problems.

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Despite some recent rain, New Hampshire’s drought is growing, causing wells to run dry across the state. And the hotter temperatures of a changing climate could make future droughts more likely. 

As part of NHPR’s By Degrees project, Annie Ropeik reports on how the dry conditions are affecting people who rely on well water, and what it would take to prepare for the future.  

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More than 10 percent of New Hampshire is now in an extreme drought, with Lake Winnipesaukee and other reservoirs at record low levels and an increasing number of water wells running dry.

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A continuación, encuentra las noticias del miércoles 30 de septiembre.  

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La próxima semana termina el CENSO 2020, un mes antes de lo programado, y aun se aceptan formularios en línea

El censo nacional terminará su conteo del 2020 la próxima semana, un mes antes de lo que los funcionarios planeaban. 

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Parts of New Hampshire continue to experience extreme drought conditions. The state has put a ban on campfires near public woodlands in response, and well drilling companies are overwhelmed with calls.

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A continuación, encuentra las noticias del lunes 28 de septiembre.  

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Estado reporta 53 nuevos casos de COVID-19, cuatro de estos tienen menos de 18 años

New Hampshire confirmó 53 [cincuenta y tres] casos más de COVID-19 el domingo. Cuatro de estos son de personas menores a 18 [dieciocho]. 

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New Hampshire is taking the rare step of banning most campfires and smoking near public woodlands to prevent forest fires as drought conditions get worse.

The new ban prohibits the burning of debris on public property, as well as most kinds of campfires. Also banned are the smoking of pipes, cigars or cigarettes on or near public woodlands and trails.

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Part of New Hampshire has entered an extreme drought for only the second time in 20 years.

The extreme conditions center on the Dover area and extend in a circle from Great Bay, to near Concord, up to the Lakes Region.

The rest of the state is in severe drought, with moderate conditions in the Upper Valley and Monadnock Valley. 

Nearly all regions of the three northern New England states are experiencing some level of abnormally dry conditions right now, with some areas in a moderate to extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. And that's leading to the potential for wildfires.

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Update, 5 p.m. Wednesday: Concord fire officials say the Merrimack River island fire was extinguished this afternoon, though "hot spots" may flare up in the dry weather forecast for the coming days. 

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About 370,000 people in New Hampshire – more than a quarter of the state’s population – are currently under outdoor water use restrictions due to the ongoing severe drought.

The drought has been escalating since May across the region and is now extreme in some parts of New England, with no substantial rainfall expected soon.

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New Hampshire’s drought is not expected to improve any time soon, and officials say it’s continuing to create prime conditions for possible wildfires.

Seventy-two percent of New Hampshire is now in a severe drought, with moderate drought in the southwestern and far northern part of the state. The drought also stretches across New England, with extreme conditions in far northern Maine and on New England’s south coast.

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En el noticiero de hoy, te compartimos una entrevista con Claudia Castaño, coordinadora para el programa de English Language Learners del distrito de Nashua, sobre cómo ha empezado el año escolar y que recursos de apoyo hay para familias de los estudiantes. 

También te compartimos otras noticias sobre lo que sucede en New Hampshire hoy, viernes 18 de septiembre.

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A continuación, encuentra las noticias del lunes 14 de septiembre.  

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Hay una tendencia de aumento de casos de COVID-19 en New Hampshire

Los funcionarios de salud del estado reportaron 44 [cuarenta y cuatro] nuevos casos de COVID-19 el domingo, lo cual sigue la tendencia de aumento de casos de las últimas semanas. 

All of New Hampshire is now in a drought, with severe conditions persisting from the Seacoast to Grafton County.

Moderate drought conditions have expanded into the few areas of the North Country thathad been unaffected, according to a weekly update from the national drought monitor.

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