Northeast Drought Early Warning Update
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June 3, 2022

Drought Early Warning Update for the

While Rain Provided Relief to Parts of Maine, Drought Intensified in Southeast New England
Key Points

  • Rain relieved some long-term dryness in parts of northwestern Maine, but both Moderate Drought (D1) and Abnormally Dry conditions (D0) held for some counties.

  • Moderate Drought (D1) expanded further south into eastern counties of Connecticut and over most of Rhode Island.

  • Moderate Drought (D1) extended into southeastern New Hampshire and counties in southeast Massachusetts.

  • Abnormally Dry conditions (D0) expanded west to the Connecticut River Valley in both Massachusetts and Connecticut as it held fast along the rest of the New England coast, Cape Cod, and the Islands.

  • Abnormally Dry conditions (D0) continued in portions of western New York.

  • Regional spring (March–May) precipitation statistics:
  • Boston had its 14th driest March–May; precipitation was only 59% of normal.
  • Providence, RI precipitation was 69% of normal.
  • Portland, ME precipitation was 75% of normal.
  • Rochester, NY precipitation was 78% of normal.

For additional details on May temperatures and precipitation in the Northeast, see the Northeast Regional Climate Center blog.
Accumulated precipitation departure from normal for four locations in the Northeast
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.
Accumulated potential evapotranspiration departure from normal for four locations in the Northeast
Figure 2: In the past week, above-normal potential evapotranspiration (PET) rates in Boston and New York City increased their seasonal departures from normal, while Buffalo and Caribou held steady. Source: ACIS.
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.

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.