Recent seasonable temperatures and some rain held drought in check for most of the region except for a small area in central Maine.
For more details, see the Northeast Drought Early Warning System Dashboard.
- Moderate Drought (D1) settled into a portion of Maine’s central coastline and held through parts of southeast New England. Most of the state of Rhode Island is in D1.
- Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions continued for portions of western New York, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.
U.S. Drought Monitor 1-Week Change Map
Animation: 2022 U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions in the Northeast
Accumulated Precipitation Departure from Normal
Accumulated Potential Evapotranspiration (PET) Departure from Normal
- June 9, 2022, CT Insider: Eastern Connecticut Facing Drought
- June 2, 2022, Connecticut Water Planning Council: Drought Information Center
- June 12, 2022, NewsCenterMaine.com: Western Maine Drought and Climate Change
- June 15, 2022: State Drought Status Map
- June 9, 2022, Western Mass News: Abnormally Dry Condition in Western MASS
- June 8, 2022, WWLP.com News 22: Water Use Restrictions In Effect for Northampton
- June 8, 2022, HomeNewsHere.com The Center Square: Experts Anticipate Drought in Massachusetts Will Worsen
- June 5, 2022, Boston.com: Most Of State In Drought … No Relief In Sight
- According to the Climate Prediction Center's 8–14 day outlook (valid June 23–29), odds favor above-normal temperatures in western New York, below-normal temperatures in far-eastern New Hampshire and most of Maine, and near-normal temperatures elsewhere. The entire region has a greater likelihood of near-normal precipitation.
- The week 3–4 outlook (valid June 25–July 8) favors equal chances of above- or below-normal temperatures and equal chances of above- or below-normal precipitation across the Northeast.
8–14 Day Temperature Outlook
8–14 Day Precipitation Outlook
Temperature Outlook Week 3–4
Precipitation Outlook Week 3–4
What We Are Watching
Heat and drought are solidly linked. Extreme heat has been identified as a driver of flash drought events (rapid onset and intensification of drought) via high evapotranspiration rates drying soils. (See this week’s PET chart.) Extreme heat also plays a role as a stressor for humans and their livestock. Learn more about drought, heat, and agriculture here. Check out NOAA's National Integrated Heat Health Information System's newsletter.
NIDIS and Northeast DEWS News
- Northeast DEWS 2022–2026 Strategic Action Plan Released.
- Sign up for the National Coordinated Soil Moisture Monitoring Network listserv.
- The 2022 National Soil Moisture Workshop will be held in person in Columbus, Ohio. Learn more about it and register here.
- Your local National Weather Service office
- NOAA Regional Climate Services Monthly Webinar Series (next webinar is on June 30)
- USDA Northeast Climate Hub
- USGS New England and New York Water Science Centers
Use these sites to keep tabs on drought degradation and improvements in the areas outside of the Northeast DEWS borders:
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
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.