Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Upton, NY

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
1120 AM EST THU JAN 19 2017

...EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN EFFECT ACROSS NORTHERN FAIRFIELD,
NORTHERN NEW HAVEN AND NORTHERN MIDDLESEX IN CONNECTICUT.

...SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY,
LOWER HUDSON RIVER VALLEY IN NEW YORK AND SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD,
SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN AND SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX IN CONNECTICUT.

SYNOPSIS...

THE RECENT RAINS HAVE HELPED TO IMPROVE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS
THE AREA. ACROSS LONG ISLAND DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN DOWNGRADED
FROM SEVERE TO MODERATE AND ACROSS THE LOWER HUDSON RIVER VALLEY
DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN DOWNGRADED FROM EXTREME TO SEVERE.

DURING THE LAST 30 DAYS RAINFALL DEFICITS RANGED FROM NEAR NORMAL
TO TWO INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

ALTHOUGH RECENT RAINS 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 ABNORMALLY DRY SOIL MOISTURE ACROSS THE AREAS UNDER
THE SEVERE AND EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS.

GROUNDWATER CONDITIONS...

THE USGS GROUND WATER LEVEL NETWORK SHOWS THAT NUMEROUS WELLS ACROSS
AREAS UNDER THE EXTREME AND SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE RUNNING
BELOW NORMAL TO MUCH 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 AND EXTREME DROUGHT
ARE MUCH BELOW NORMAL.

RESERVOIRS...

BOTH THE NEW YORK CITY RESERVOIRS AND THE COMBINED NORTHEAST NEW
JERSEY RESERVOIRS CONTINUED TO SHOW RESERVOIR CAPACITIES BETWEEN
10 TO 15 PERCENT BELOW NORMAL.

THE LATEST CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6 TO 10 DAY OUTLOOK VALID FROM
JANUARY 24TH THROUGH THE 28TH SUGGESTS ABOVE TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA. THE 8 TO 14
DAY OUTLOOK FROM JANUARY 26TH THROUGH FEBRUARY 1ST SUGGESTS NORMAL
TO ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES WITH NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE
HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON FEBRUARY 16TH 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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