Northeast Drought Early Warning Update

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December 13, 2022

Drought Early Warning Update for the


Groundwater improvements will have to wait until spring for areas with frozen soils and snow cover.

Massachusetts will present an overview of their Drought Decision Support Dashboard on December 15 as a part of the NRCC Monthly webinar. Register here.

Key Points

  • Severe Drought (D2) persisted for communities north of Boston as of the December 6, 2022 U.S. Drought Monitor.

  • Moderate Drought (D1) and Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions remained for portions of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, the counties just north of New York City and for all of Long Island.

  • Since groundwater recharge tends to slow in winter, areas with below normal groundwater levels are expected to show little improvement through winter.

  • If the winter snowpack is below normal, there may also be concerns around recharge and drought in spring 2023.

Figure 1: Departure from normal precipitation (inches) for Portland Area, ME (blue), Concord Area, NH (black), Boston Area, MA (green), Providence Area, RI (orange), Bridgeport Area, CT (purple), Islip Area, NY (red), and Rochester Area, NY (yellow). Source: ACIS.

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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