Northeast Drought Early Warning Update
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July 29, 2022

Drought Early Warning Update for the

Severe Drought (D2) Coverage Expanded in Southern New England - A Trend That May Continue
Key Points

  • Severe Drought (D2) expanded southward into portions of eastern Massachusetts and Connecticut and covered most of Rhode Island. 
  • Moderate Drought (D1) pushed into some of the eastern most counties of New York and expanded across the western Southern Tier of the state. 
  • Abnormally Dry Conditions (D0) gained a foothold on Long Island and expanded across additional counties in southeastern New York.
  • Welcomed rainfall paused deterioration in northern New England and the Northern Tier counties of western New York.
  • Multiple locations had near record-setting long streaks of days with highs of at least 90°F from June 19-25, with the heat exacerbating the dry conditions. JFK Airport observed a record-tying seven consecutive days with a low of 75°F or higher.
Figure 1: Departure from normal precipitation (inches) for Portland Area, ME (blue), Rochester Area, NY (orange), Boston Area, MA (black), and Providence Area, RI (green). Source: ACIS.
Figure 2: Unseasonably warm temperatures resulted in greater than normal evapotranspiration rates across the region during the last two weeks.
The rest of this drought update, including current conditions, outlooks, and impacts, is available online.
This Drought Early Warning Update is issued in partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to communicate concern for drought expansion and intensification within the Northeast U.S. based on recent conditions and the forecasts and outlooks. NIDIS and its partners will issue future Drought Early Warning Updates as conditions evolve.

This covers the following states in the Northeast U.S.: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York.

2022–2026 Northeast DEWS Strategic Action Plan Released

NIDIS has released a new strategic action plan for the Northeast Drought Early Warning System (DEWS). The purpose of the 2022–2026 Northeast DEWS Strategic Action Plan is to document regionally identified needs and offer a guide for future activities that will improve drought early warning and preparedness in the Northeast DEWS. Partners from across New England and New York attended virtual listening sessions in late 2020 and 2021 to discuss the progress made and identify next steps and priorities for the region.
Additional Resources

Prepared By
Sylvia Reeves
NOAA/National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

Samantha Borisoff, Jessica Spaccio, Keith Eggleston, Art DeGaetano
Northeast Regional Climate Center

Ellen Mecray
Regional Climate Services Director, Eastern Region, NOAA

David Hollinger
USDA Climate Hubs

Gardner Bent
USGS/New England Water Science Center

In partnership with National Weather Service Offices of the Northeast and State Climate Offices of the Northeast.