The weather slowed down Labor Day plans across Southern New Hampshire However, the rain was definitely needed.
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch up to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
A flood alert is currently in place in the cities of Concord, Keene, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth and Peterborough as well as other communities, as per the watch.
“Excessive runoff can cause flooding of creeks, rivers, streams, and other low-lying , flood-prone areas,” the watch reads. “Flooding can occur in areas with urban areas and areas that have poor drainage.”
National Weather Service meteorologist Jon Palmer Jon Palmer said that Jon Palmer of the Manchester area could get between 1 to 1.5 inches of rain.
“That is quite an impressive quantity of rainfall,” he said. “Typically when an average system, we expect about 1/2 inch. It’s a bit typical. When we begin to see 1 inch or more is when we begin considering an important precipitation event.”
New Hampshire was not expected to receive the same amount of rain as Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island in Rhode Island, where shocking flooding was being reported by our chauffeur. Our Taxi Services to Logan Airport were interrupted for a few hours and the routes had to be changed due to traffic in certain areas.
“We might see localized areas with more than 2 inches in some places,” Palmer said.
In total, Manchester saw 1.67 inches of rain during the month of June, which is a lot less than the average of 3.24 inches. Concord had 3.54 inches, while it averages 3.62, Palmer said.
One of our customers confirmed “We certainly require this rain, particularly in our coastal and southern regions, which for the majority of the time have been deficient.” The majority of the rain will fall in Southern New Hampshire with the largest rainfall totals falling in Cheshire County with up to 2.6 inches falling in Jaffery.
The rain is likely to “shave off” some of the drought. Some areas suffering from severe drought dropping to moderate drought and others in moderate droughts dropping to unusually dry. Palmer said.
“This will help us greatly with the drought,” Palmer said. “It won’t completely eliminate our drought.”
The rain may only increase in upcoming days hence we advise our customers to thoroughly check their routes before making a reservation. We do our best to warn our customers about the shortcomings.