Northeast Drought Early Warning Update: October 23, 2020
This drought early warning update was originally sent via email to the Northeast DEWS email list.
Improvement this week but drought conditions still persist.
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.
For more details, see the Northeast Drought Early Warning System Dashboard.
- Rain relief was fairly widespread in New England resulting in the reduction of drought intensity and coverage.
- Extreme Drought (D3) remained in southwest Maine, southeast New Hampshire, southeast Rhode Island, and southeast Massachusetts.
- Severe Drought (D2), Moderate Drought (D1), and Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions covered most of the rest of New York and New England.
State Reported Impacts
U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions
- Extreme drought (D3) conditions exist in 4% of the Northeast.
- Severe drought (D2) conditions exist in 11% of the Northeast.
- Moderate drought (D1) conditions exist in 53% of the region.
- Abnormally dry (D0) conditions exist in 20% of the region.
- The 8-14 day outlooks favor below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation for the Northeast.
- The 3-4 week outlooks favor equal chances for above or below-normal temperatures and precipitation.
- Northeast DEWS Dashboard
- NOAA Regional Climate Services
- Your local National Weather Service office
- NOAA Regional Climate Services Monthly Webinar Series
- USDA Northeast Climate Hub
- USGS/New England and New York Water Science Centers
NOAA/National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
Samantha Borisoff, Jessica Spaccio, Keith Eggleston, Art DeGaetano
Northeast Regional Climate Center
Regional Climate Services Director, Eastern Region, NOAA
David Hollinger and Maria Janowiak
USDA Climate Hubs
USGS/New England Water Science Center
In partnership with National Weather Service Offices of the Northeast and State Climate Offices of the Northeast.