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Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for Massachusetts

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is updated each Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country. This map shows drought conditions across Massachusetts using a five-category system, from Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions to Exceptional Drought (D4). The USDM is a joint effort of the National Drought Mitigation Center, USDA, and NOAA. Learn more.

The following state-specific drought impacts were compiled by the National Drought Mitigation Center. While these impacts are not exhaustive, they can help provide a clearer picture of drought in Massachusetts. 

D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Crop growth is stunted; planting is delayed
  • Fire danger is elevated; spring fire season starts early
  • Lawns brown early; gardens begin to wilt
100.0
of MA
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Irrigation use increases; hay and grain yields are lower than normal
  • Honey production declines
  • Wildfires and ground fires increase
95.2
of MA
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Specialty crops are impacted in both yield and fruit size
  • Producers begin feeding cattle; hay prices are high
  • Warnings are issued on outdoor burns; air quality is poor
55.6
of MA
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Crop loss is widespread; Christmas tree farms are stressed; dairy farmers are struggling financially
  • Well drillers and bulk water haulers see increased business
  • Water recreation and hunting are modified; wildlife disease outbreak is observed
24.5
of MA
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Massachusetts has experienced little or no exceptional (D4) drought, so there are no D4-level drought impacts recorded in the Drought Impact Reporter.
0
of MA
(D4)
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Crop growth is stunted; planting is delayed
  • Fire danger is elevated; spring fire season starts early
  • Lawns brown early; gardens begin to wilt
100.0
of MA
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Irrigation use increases; hay and grain yields are lower than normal
  • Honey production declines
  • Wildfires and ground fires increase
95.2
of MA
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Specialty crops are impacted in both yield and fruit size
  • Producers begin feeding cattle; hay prices are high
  • Warnings are issued on outdoor burns; air quality is poor
57.2
of MA
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Crop loss is widespread; Christmas tree farms are stressed; dairy farmers are struggling financially
  • Well drillers and bulk water haulers see increased business
  • Water recreation and hunting are modified; wildlife disease outbreak is observed
0
of MA
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Massachusetts has experienced little or no exceptional (D4) drought, so there are no D4-level drought impacts recorded in the Drought Impact Reporter.
0
of MA
(D4)
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Crop growth is stunted; planting is delayed
  • Fire danger is elevated; spring fire season starts early
  • Lawns brown early; gardens begin to wilt
99.9
of MA
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Irrigation use increases; hay and grain yields are lower than normal
  • Honey production declines
  • Wildfires and ground fires increase
80.9
of MA
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Specialty crops are impacted in both yield and fruit size
  • Producers begin feeding cattle; hay prices are high
  • Warnings are issued on outdoor burns; air quality is poor
21.3
of MA
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Crop loss is widespread; Christmas tree farms are stressed; dairy farmers are struggling financially
  • Well drillers and bulk water haulers see increased business
  • Water recreation and hunting are modified; wildlife disease outbreak is observed
0
of MA
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Massachusetts has experienced little or no exceptional (D4) drought, so there are no D4-level drought impacts recorded in the Drought Impact Reporter.
0
of MA
(D4)
6,494,889
people in Massachusetts are affected by drought
0
counties with USDA disaster designations
16th
driest July was in 2022, over the past 128 years
25th
driest year to date was in 2022, over the past 128 years

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Summary

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Drought in Massachusetts from 2000–Present

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1-D4) in Massachusetts lasted 48 weeks beginning on June 07, 2016, and ending on May 2, 2017. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of September 13, 2016, where D3 affected 52.23% of Massachusetts land.

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a national map released every Thursday, showing parts of the U.S. that are in drought. The USDM relies on drought experts to synthesize the best available data and work with local observers to interpret the information. The USDM also incorporates ground truthing and information about how drought is affecting people, via a network of more than 450 observers across the country, including state climatologists, National Weather Service staff, Extension agents, and hydrologists. Learn more.

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