Drought Conditions Improve in Northern New York and New England with the Hopes That Winter Snows Can Replenish Aquifers.
For more details, see the Northeast Drought Early Warning System Dashboard.
- Severe Drought (D2) held fast in northern Maine.
- Moderate Drought (D1) and Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions surrounded the area of D2 in northern Maine, and held fast in portions of northern Vermont and New Hampshire.
- Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions remained for a few counties in northern New York along the St. Lawrence River.
- With recent rains, conditions improved on Cape Cod.
Annual Precipitation Departure from Normal
Previous Drought Shutters RI Christmas Tree Farm For 2021 Season, Narragansett-South Kingstown, RI Patch
September 23, Rhode Island. Too many consecutive dry summers slowed tree growth, leading a Christmas tree farm to close for the 2021 holiday season. The 2021 summer brought plenty of rain, but 2019 and 2020 were dry. The farm does not have enough mature trees to cut and sell this year.
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) Public Service Coordinator Tom Gordon said, "Agricultural conditions are reasonably good as we approach the end of the growing season. Potato harvest looks good for quality and quantity, with no major water use conflicts noted. Other crops are looking good, with the diminishing drought reducing the irrigation workload on producers."
DACF Maine Forest Service Regional Forest Ranger Matt Gomes said, “As we move into fall, it is important to understand that fires, and sometimes large damaging fires, are still a threat. Fall brings leaf litter, reopened canopies for solar heating, drier fuels through lower relative humidity, as well as higher winds.”
Read research updates on Northeast U.S. warming.
- The 8–14 day outlook indicates above-normal temperatures and normal precipitation for the region.
- The 3–4 week outlook favors above-normal temperatures and equal precipitation chances for the region.
Temperature Outlook 8–14 Day
Precipitation Outlook 8–14 Day
Temperature Outlook Week 3–4
Precipitation Outlook Week 3–4
- Northeast DEWS Dashboard
- Your local National Weather Service office
- NOAA Regional Climate Services Monthly Webinar Series (next webinar is on October 28)
- USDA Northeast Climate Hub
- USGS New England and New York Water Science Centers
Contacts for More Information
Regional Drought Information Coordinator (Northeast DEWS)
NOAA/CIRES/National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
Ellen L. Mecray
Regional Climate Services Director, Eastern Region
NOAA/NESDIS/National Centers for Environmental Information
NOAA/National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), CIRES
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.