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Reports, Assessments, and Outlooks in the Northeast DEWS


  • For the latest Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook documents for the Northeast region, see the Resources > Reports page.
  • For an archive of Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Northeast, Great Lakes, and Gulf of Maine Region, visit the Northeast Regional Climate Center.  



  • The Northeast Regional Climate Center hosts a monthly webinar with NOAA affiliates to address timely weather and climate concerns. These webinars are available to watch live. To receive notifications about upcoming webinars, e-mail Recorded versions are available within a week after the live webinar.
  • Northeast Drought and Climate Outlook Forum (2016) - NIDIS, in partnership with NOAA’s Regional Climate Services Director for the Eastern Region, the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC), U.S. Representative Seth Moulton’s (MA-6) office, and the American Association of State Climatologists (AASC), hosted a Northeast Drought and Climate Outlook Forum in Boston, Massachusetts on October 11, 2016. The forum brought together nearly 100 stakeholders from around the region and across federal, state, local, private, and nonprofit sectors to discuss drought conditions in New England and New York, the impacts of drought, existing response and preparedness resources, and climate outlooks for the coming seasons. Click here for a two-page summary of the meeting.
  • Northeast Drought Assessment and Building Early Warning Capacity Meetings (2017) - As the 2016 drought continued and expanded into Connecticut and Rhode Island, NOAA, NIDIS, and the NRCC hosted two more meetings in New York (February 2017) and Massachusetts (March 2017). The purpose of these meetings was to assess the 2016 drought, understand the additional resources that would have strengthened drought resilience, and identify what drought indicators and early warning capacity could be integrated into a Northeast DEWS.  More than 100 community leaders, representing sectors from water resource management and agriculture to local government and community watershed groups, shared insights on information gaps they experienced. Click here for a summary of the post-drought assessment workshops.
  • Northeast DEWS Strategic Plan Workshop (2017) - In November 2017, stakeholders from each of the New England states and New York came together to outline a two-year strategic plan for a regional DEWS in the Northeast.  Agenda items included: a history of drought and extreme weather in the region; an overview of current conditions and outlooks; state and local drought planning, policies, and activities; strategies for enhancing drought early warning capacity; identification of data and information needs, gaps, and vulnerabilities; and identifying and prioritizing actions towards a regional DEWS.  Click here to read the 2018 - 2019 Northeast DEWS Strategic Plan.