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Regional Drought Update Date
April 22, 2022
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Drought Status Update

Drought Status Update for the Northeast


DEWS Regions:
Update Status:

NIDIS and its partners will issue future drought updates as conditions evolve.

Earth Day Edition: Drought Conditions Improve in the Northeast Drought Early Warning System.

For more details, see the Northeast Drought Early Warning System Dashboard.

Key Points

  • Since the March 22 update, Severe Drought (D2) areas have improved to Moderate Drought (D1) in northwestern Maine.
  • Abnormally Dry conditions (D0) were reduced in areal coverage in parts of Maine, Vermont, and northern New Hampshire and eliminated in southeast New York.
Current Conditions
U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions: Northeast | April 19, 2022

Current U.S. Drought Monitor map for the Northeast Drought Early Warning System with data valid for April 19, 2022. The U.S. Drought Monitor is updated each Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country. 

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor:

  • Moderate drought (D1) conditions exist in 1.69% of the region.
  • Abnormally dry (D0) conditions exist in 5.68% of the region.
U.S. Drought Monitor Categories
Value Map Hex Color
D0 - Abnormally Dry #ffff00
D1 - Moderate Drought #ffcc99
D2 - Severe Drought #f5ad3d
D3 - Extreme Drought #ff0000
D4 - Exceptional Drought #660000
Main Stats
1.7%
of the Northeast is in Moderate Drought (D1)
5.7%
of the Northeast is Abnormally Dry (D0)

Current Conditions

U.S. Drought Monitor 4-Week Change Map

4-week U.S. Drought Monitor change map, showing where drought has improved or worsened from March 22 to April 19, 2022.
U.S. Drought Monitor change map, showing where drought and dryness have improved or worsened from March 22–April 19, 2022. Source: National Drought Mitigation Center.

Accumulated Precipitation Departure from Normal

Accumulated precipitation departures from normal from October 2021 through mid-April 2022 for three locations in the Northeast: Rangeley, ME (blue), Saint Johnsbury Asos, VT (green), New York - Central Park Area, NY (orange), and First Connecticut Lake, NH (black).
Departure from normal precipitation (inches) for Rangeley, ME (blue), First Connecticut Lake, NH (black), Saint Johnsbury, VT (green), and New York - Central Park Area, NY (orange). Source: ACIS.

Snow Water Equivalent (Inches)

New York and New England Snow Survey Map, showing snow water equivalent (inches) across the region for April 11–14, 2022.
Snow water equivalent (in inches) for April 11–14, 2022, as measured at survey sites around New York and New England. Source: Northeast Regional Climate Center.

Animation: 2022 U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions in the Northeast

Animation of a time series, map, and statistics showing the progression of drought across the Northeast from January 4 to April 19, 2022, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The Northeast DEWS began 2022 with 3.63% of the region in D1-D2. By April 19, D2 has been removed from the region, and 1.69% is in D1.
Animation showing the progression of drought across the Northeast in 2022 so far (through April 19, 2022), according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Explore more historical drought conditions.

What We Are Watching 

Evapotranspiration (ET)

Average daily potential evapotranspiration (ET) increases rapidly at stations across the Northeast in May and June, as indicated by the steep slope of the accumulated ET curves (see figure below). During May and June, these stations see between 7 and 8 inches of ET compared to only 3–4 inches in March and April. With the increased ET, a given amount of rainfall is less effective at replenishing soil moisture and surface reservoirs. 

Time series of accumulated potential evapotranspiration (in inches) for New York City, Buffalo, Boston, and Caribou, ME.
Accumulated potential evapotranspiration from January through August for four locations in the Northeast: New York City (blue), Boston (orange), Buffalo (green), and Caribou, ME (yellow).

    State-Reported Impacts

    Maine

    New Hampshire

    New York

    Outlooks

    • According to the Climate Prediction Center's 8–14 day outlook (valid April 29–May 5), the entire Northeast is more likely to see below-normal temperatures. Odds favor below-normal precipitation for western New York into northwestern Pennsylvania, with near-normal conditions favored across the rest of the region.
    • The week 3–4 outlooks (valid April 30–May 13) favor equal chances of above-, below-, and near-normal temperature and precipitation across the Northeast.

    8–14 Day Temperature Outlook

    Climate Prediction Center 8-14 day temperature outlook for the Northeast, showing the probability of above, below, or near normal conditions from April 29 to May 5, 2022.
    NOAA Climate Prediction Center 8–14 day temperature outlook for the Northeast, showing the probability of above-normal, below-normal, or normal conditions from April 29–May 5, 2022. Source: Climate Prediction Center via the Northeast DEWS Dashboard.

    8–14 Day Precipitation Outlook

    Climate Prediction Center 8-14 day precipitation outlook for the Northeast, showing the probability of above, below, or near normal conditions from April 29 to May 5, 2022.
    NOAA Climate Prediction Center 8–14 day precipitation outlook for the Northeast, showing the probability of above-normal, below-normal, or normal conditions from April 29–May 5, 2022. Source: Climate Prediction Center via the Northeast DEWS Dashboard.

    Temperature Outlook Week 3–4

    Climate Prediction Center week 3-4 temperature outlook for the U.S., from April 30–May 13, 2022.
    NOAA Climate Prediction Center week 3–4 temperature outlook for the Northeast, showing the probability of above-normal or below-normal conditions from April 30–May 13, 2022. Source: Climate Prediction Center.

    Precipitation Outlook Week 3–4

    Climate Prediction Center week 3-4 precipitation outlook for the U.S., from April 30–May 13, 202.
    NOAA Climate Prediction Center week 3–4 precipitation outlook for the Northeast, showing the probability of above-normal or below-normal conditions from April 30–May 13, 2022. Source: Climate Prediction Center.

    Additional Resources

    Use these sites to keep tabs on drought degradation and improvements in the areas outside of the NE DEWS borders:

    Contacts for More Information

    Sylvia Reeves
    Regional Drought Information Coordinator (Northeast DEWS)
    NOAA/CIRES/National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
    Email: sylvia.reeves@noaa.gov

    Ellen L. Mecray
    Regional Climate Services Director, Eastern Region
    NOAA/NESDIS/National Centers for Environmental Information
    Email: Ellen.L.Mecray@noaa.gov

    Prepared By

    Sylvia Reeves
    NOAA/National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), CIRES

    Samantha Borisoff, Jessica Spaccio, Keith Eggleston, Art DeGaetano
    Northeast Regional Climate Center

    Ellen Mecray
    Regional Climate Services Director, Eastern Region, NOAA

    David Hollinger and Maria Janowiak
    USDA Climate Hubs

    Gardner Bent
    USGS New England Water Science Center

    In partnership with National Weather Service Offices of the Northeast and State Climate Offices of the Northeast. 

    Special Thanks

    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.