Abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions persist in some areas of the Northeast, but improvements continue.
For more details, see the Northeast Drought Early Warning System Dashboard.
- Severe Drought (D2) remains in a small area of southeastern New Hampshire.
- Abnormally Dry (D0) to Moderate Drought (D1) conditions continue in some areas of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.
- Improvements were seen in central and eastern Massachusetts, Connecticut, and in all of Rhode Island.
- Groundwater recovery is evident in many areas of New England, but has not occurred in many areas of New Hampshire and New York.
U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions: Northeast |
U.S. Drought Monitor map of the Northeast. Valid December 15, 2020. Published December 17, 2020.
State drought committees and task forces have adjourned until the new year or spring 2021. Most will continue to monitor conditions, particularly groundwater recharge.
Awareness, preparedness, and water conservation should still be practiced.
USGS Groundwater Watch
- Northeast DEWS Dashboard
- NOAA Regional Climate Services
- Your local National Weather Service office
- NOAA Regional Climate Services Monthly Webinar Series (January 28 next webinar)
- 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