Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Upton, NY

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
1115 AM EDT THU MAR 16 2017

...SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE FOR WESTERN PASSAIC AND
NORTHWESTERN BERGEN COUNTIES IN NEW JERSEY...ROCKLAND, WESTCHESTER
AND PUTNAM COUNTIES IN NEW YORK AND FAIRFIELD, NEW HAVEN AND
MIDDLESEX COUNTIES IN CONNECTICUT.

SYNOPSIS...

ALTHOUGH RECENT RAINS AND SNOW MELT ACROSS AREAS UNDER THE SEVERE
DROUGHT HAVE HELPED TO IMPROVE DROUGHT CONDITIONS, A SUSTAINED
PERIOD OF NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION WILL BE NECESSARY TO RETURN TO
NORMAL LEVELS OF WATER AVAILABILITY.

THE LATEST RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWED CONDITIONS
IMPROVING ACROSS PARTS OF OUR HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA.

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS UPDATED WEEKLY WITH THE LATEST CONDITIONS
AVAILABLE ONLINE.

SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS...

THE LATEST CROP MOISTURE INDEX ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION
CENTER INDICATED BELOW NORMAL SOIL MOISTURE ACROSS THE AREAS UNDER
THE SEVERE DROUGHT.

GROUNDWATER CONDITIONS...

THE USGS GROUND WATER LEVEL NETWORK SHOWS THAT NUMEROUS WELLS ACROSS
AREAS UNDER THE SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE RUNNING BELOW NORMAL.
IT TYPICALLY TAKES A LONG TIME ON THE ORDER OF WEEKS FOR GROUND
WATER TABLES TO RESPOND TO RAINFALL...OR TO THE LACK OF RAINFALL.

RIVER AND STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS...

FLOWS ON STREAMS ACROSS AREAS UNDER THE SEVERE DROUGHT ARE BELOW
NORMAL.

RESERVOIRS...

RESERVOIR LEVELS ACROSS THE NEW YORK CITY WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM ARE
NORMAL. RESERVOIR LEVELS ACROSS THE COMBINED 13 NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY
RESERVOIRS ARE 7 PERCENT BELOW NORMAL.

THE LATEST CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6 TO 10 DAY OUTLOOK VALID FROM
MARCH 21ST THROUGH THE 25TH SUGGESTS BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND
ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA. THE 8
TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK VALID FROM MARCH 23RD THROUGH THE 29TH SUGGESTS
BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE
HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON MARCH 30TH 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 NEW YORK STATE CLIMATE
OFFICE...HTTP://NYSC.EAS.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 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CENTERS FOR
ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION...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
175 BROOKHAVEN AVENUE
UPTON NY 11973
PHONE...631-924-0037
OKX.WEBWASTER@NOAA.GOV



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