Northeastern drought springs back into the headlines.
For more details, see the Northeast Drought Early Warning System Dashboard.
- Moderate Drought (D1) covered sizable portions of western and northern New York as well as a small portion of central New York.
- Moderate Drought (D1) covered nearly all of Vermont, most of southern New Hampshire and dipped into north-central Massachusetts.
- Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions dominated most of the rest of the Northeast Drought Early Warning System (DEWS).
- Precipitation (snow and rain) at the end of this week may take the edge off but will not ameliorate the hydrological drought in the region.
7-Day Average Streamflows
Streamflows are below average for most of the Northeast, except for northeastern Maine.
Annual Precipitation Departure from Normal
Much of the Northeast has been experiencing a downward trend of precipitation departure since the beginning of 2021.
Drought expands in upstate New York, and it’s likely to get worse.
NIDIS and National Weather Service Launch Interactive Map With Drought Information Statements
National Weather Service drought information statements provide up-to-date reports on the current drought situation for a Weather Forecast Office’s (WFO's) county warning and forecast area. These statements summarize recent weather and hydrologic conditions, discuss local drought impacts, and provide a local drought outlook. This new interactive map allows users to explore all active drought information statements published within the last 35 days, overlaid on the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Please see the Norton, MA (BOX) statement, which was issued on April 13, 2021.
- The 8-14 day maps indicate below-normal temperatures for New York and Vermont, most of New Hampshire and Connecticut, and western Massachusetts. Normal temperatures are predicted for eastern Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island and Maine. Above-normal precipitation is predicted for the Northeast, except for northern Maine, where normal precipitation is predicted.
- The 3-4 week outlook favors equal chances for above- or below-normal temperatures and precipitation.
Temperature Outlook 8-14 Day
Precipitation Outlook 8-14 Day
Temperature Outlook Week 3-4
Precipitation Outlook Week 3-4
- Northeast DEWS Dashboard
- NOAA Regional Climate Services
- Your local National Weather Service office
- NOAA Regional Climate Services Monthly Webinar Series (next webinar is on May 27)
- 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)
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.