Northeast Drought Early Warning Update

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October 7, 2022

Drought Early Warning Update for the


Surface Drought Conditions Improve, But Continuing to Watch for Recovery of Groundwater and Streamflow

Key Points

  • Extreme Drought (D3) continued for Boston’s north shore communities. 

  • Severe Drought (D2) persisted for parts of Long Island, southeastern New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and a small portion of southeast New Hampshire.

  • Moderate Drought (D1) and Abnormally Dry (D0) Conditions remain in parts of all seven Northeast DEWS states.

Figure 1: Departure from normal precipitation (inches) for Portland Area, ME (blue), Boston Area, MA (black), Providence Area, RI (orange), Islip Area, NY (dark green), Hartford Area, CT (purple), Worcester Area, MA (light green), Bridgeport Area, CT (Red), New York-Central Park Area, NY (yellow). Source ACIS.

Figure 2: Estimates (in inches) of average monthly potential evapotranspiration (PET) for grass-covered surfaces for sites throughout the Northeast. Average values are based on the period 1981-2010. Source: Northeast Regional Climate Center.

The rest of this drought update, including current conditions, outlooks, and impacts, is available online.
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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.

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. 

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