Unbeknownst to most of the country, big chunks of New England—especially in New Hampshire, parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and Maine—have been hit by one of the most dramatic droughts in recent memory. This is not a part of the country that’s particularly familiar with months-long droughts; despite a fairly wet summer in New York and Pennsylvania, New England earned a D3 rating from the drought monitor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A D3 rating is considered an “extreme” drought, the second-worst category there is.
The drought has, as depicted in some scenes from this The New York Times article, dried out rivers, extinguished wells, and forced local governments to decree (or in the case of individual-loving New Hampshire, to suggest) that residents stop watering lawns and gardens.
It wasn’t a wet summer in the Hudson Valley portion of New York so not sure what they’re talking about. Farmers in the HV area barely squeaked by with enough water for their harvests. Maybe it will end up being water that causes the great culling of homo sapiens.