Drought Information Statement
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000 AXUS71 KBOX 052000 DGTBOX CTC003-013-015-MAC001-005-007-009-011-013-015-017-019-021-023-025- 027-RIC001-003-005-007-009-071800- DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 300 PM EST THU JAN 5 2017 ...CONDITIONS HAVE IMPROVED SOMEWHAT OVER THE PAST MONTH BUT DROUGHT DECLARATIONS CONTINUE IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND... * SYNOPSIS... PRECIPITATION TOTALS IN DECEMBER WERE A LITTLE CLOSER TO NORMAL THAN IN RECENT MONTHS...ONLY AS MUCH AS ONE INCH BELOW NORMAL...WHICH HAS BEGUN TO HELP LONGER TERM PRECIPITATION DEFICIT. DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE SHOWN SOME IMPROVEMENT OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS DUE TO THE RECENT INCREASE IN PRECIPITATION AND MINIMAL EVAPORATION WHICH IS TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. A MORE ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH FAVORS ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN THE NORTHEAST ACCORDING TO THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER. HOWEVER...PRECIPITATION WILL NEED TO AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL FOR A LONGER PERIOD IN ORDER TO SIGNIFICANTLY BRING IMPROVEMENT TO THE ONGOING DROUGHT CONDITIONS. ACCORDING TO THE JANUARY 5 RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR... PORTIONS OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS AND NORTHERN CONNECTICUT REMAINED IN D3 CONDITIONS /EXTREME DROUGHT/ WITH D2 CONDITIONS /SEVERE DROUGHT/ ENCOMPASSING MOST OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE LESS SEVERE ACROSS EASTERN CONNECTICUT...RHODE ISLAND AND CAPE COD WHICH WHERE IN D1 CONDITIONS /MODERATE DROUGHT/. D0 OR ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS PREVAILED ACROSS MARTHAS VINEYARD...WITH NORMAL CONDITIONS ON NANTUCKET. * SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS. SINCE DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND WATER SYSTEMS VARY BY LOCATION...MOST WATER MANAGEMENT DECISIONS ARE MADE BY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNING OFFICIALS. IN CONNECTICUT...A DROUGHT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE. ACROSS THE 2 EASTERN MOST COUNTIES... INCLUDING WINDHAM COUNTY...A DROUGHT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT. IN MASSACHUSETTS...A DROUGHT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR MOST OF THE STATE. THE EXCEPTION IS ON CAPE COD...MARTHAS VINEYARD AND NANTUCKET WHERE A DROUGHT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT. IN RHODE ISLAND...A DROUGHT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE STATE. SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS. OVER THE MONTH OF DECEMBER...SOIL MOISTURE SHOWED SOME IMPROVEMENT BUT WAS STILL MUCH DRIER THAN NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR... ESPECIALLY IN WESTERN NEW ENGLAND. WE MAY SEE SOME ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENT IN JANUARY BASED UPON THE ODDS FAVORING ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH. GROUNDWATER CONDITIONS. AS OF EARLY JANUARY...GROUNDWATER WELLS MONITORED BY THE THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY /USGS/ WITHIN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND...WERE MAINLY NEAR TO MUCH BELOW NORMAL LEVELS. THERE WERE A FEW EXCEPTIONS WHICH WERE ABOVE NORMAL...MAINLY ACROSS CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS BUT ALSO IN SOME PARTS OF WESTERN...CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS AND CONNECTICUT. RIVER AND STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS. THE USGS MAP OF REAL-TIME STREAMFLOW IN EARLY JANUARY GENERALLY SHOWED NEAR NORMAL STREAMFLOWS IN CONNECTICUT...MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND. A FEW LOCATIONS WERE STILL RUNNING BELOW NORMAL... ESPECIALLY IN NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL CONNECTICUT. CURRENT WATER RESTRICTIONS. MANY COMMUNITIES IN CONNECTICUT...MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND HAVE AT LEAST VOLUNTARY WATER RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE. PLEASE CONSULT LOCAL OFFICIALS FOR MORE INFORMATION. * CLIMATE SUMMARY... PRECIPITATION OVER THE PAST 90 DAYS AVERAGED AS MUCH AS 3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL NEAR THE CONNECTICUT RIVER VALLEY IN MASSACHUSETTS AND CONNECTICUT...AS WELL AS IN SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS. DEPARTURES OF 4 TO 6 INCHES BELOW NORMAL WERE NOTED ON CAPE COD. MUCH OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS INTO NORTHEAST CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND SAW NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION. * PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE OUTLOOK FOR JANUARY ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER CALLS FOR TEMPERATURES TO AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL...WITH EQUAL CHANCES OF SEEING ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR AVERAGE PRECIPITATION. THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH...ODDS FAVOR ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION. * HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE SHOWN SOME IMPROVEMENT OVER THE LAST 90 DAYS...ESPECIALLY IN RHODE ISLAND AND EASTERN CONNECTICUT. ELSEWHERE CONDITIONS HAVE REMAIN VIRTUALLY UNCHANGED. SOIL MOISTURE SHOWED SOME IMPROVEMENT BUT WAS STILL MUCH DRIER THAN NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR...ESPECIALLY IN WESTERN NEW ENGLAND. GROUND WATER VARIED QUITE A BIT BUT WAS MAINLY NEAR TO MUCH BELOW NORMAL LEVELS. STREAMFLOW WAS MOSTLY NEAR NORMAL. SOME IMPROVEMENT IN CONDITIONS MAY BE SEEN THROUGH EARLY FEBRUARY DUE TO ODDS FAVORING ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS...BUT IT IS ALSO DEPENDENT ON THE WEATHER PATTERN IN LATE JANUARY WHICH IS LESS CERTAIN. * NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2...OR SOONER IF NECESSARY IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN CONDITIONS. && * RELATED WEB SITES... ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES... US DROUGHT MONITOR...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML NOAA DROUGHT PAGE...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.NOAA.GOV CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC)...HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV NORTHEAST REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER...HTTP://WWW.NRCC.CORNELL.EDU ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY...HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS...HTTP://WWW.USACE.ARMY.MIL * ACKNOWLEDGMENTS... THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING NOAA/S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER...THE USDA...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...STATE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES...THE USDA...USACE AND USGS. * QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS... IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...PLEASE CONTACT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE 445 MYLES STANDISH BLVD TAUNTON MA 02780 PHONE...508-823-1900 BOX.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV $$ FOR THE LATEST UPDATES...PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBPAGE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NWSBOSTON YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AT @NWSBOSTON

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