Earth Day Edition: Drought Conditions Improve in the Northeast Drought Early Warning System.
For more details, see the Northeast Drought Early Warning System Dashboard.
- 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.
U.S. Drought Monitor 4-Week Change Map
Accumulated Precipitation Departure from Normal
Snow Water Equivalent (Inches)
Animation: 2022 U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions in the Northeast
What We Are Watching
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.
- April 12, 2022: Wildfire Season Reaches New Hampshire, New Hampshire Bulletin
- April 19, 2022: Recent Statewide Forest Ranger Actions, New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- 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
8–14 Day Precipitation Outlook
Temperature Outlook Week 3–4
Precipitation Outlook Week 3–4
- Northeast DEWS Dashboard
- New York and New England Snow Survey Map
- VIC Soil Moisture
- New NRCC SPI Maps
- Your local National Weather Service office
- NOAA Regional Climate Services Monthly Webinar Series (next webinar is on April 28)
- 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 NE 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
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.