Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Upton, NY

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
228 PM EST THU FEB 16 2017

...EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE ACROSS EXTREME NORTHERN
FAIRFIELD AND NEW HAVEN COUNTIES IN CONNECTICUT.

...SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE FOR NORTHERN PASSAIC AND
NORTHERN BERGEN COUNTIES IN NEW JERSEY.  SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS
CONTINUE ACROSS ROCKLAND, WESTCHESTER AND PUTNAM COUNTIES IN NEW
YORK AND CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD, NEW HAVEN  AND MIDDLESEX
COUNTIES IN CONNECTICUT.

SYNOPSIS...

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 BELOW NORMAL 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 BELOW NORMAL.

RESERVOIRS...

RESERVOIR LEVELS ACROSS THE NEW YORK CITY WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM ARE
AROUND 11 PERCENT BELOW NORMAL. RESERVOIR LEVELS ACROSS THE COMBINED
13 NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY RESERVOIRS ARE NEAR NORMAL.

THE LATEST CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6 TO 10 DAY OUTLOOK VALID FROM
FEBRUARY 21ST THROUGH THE 25TH SUGGESTS ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND
ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA. THE 8
TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK VALID FROM FEBRUARY 23RD THROUGH MARCH 1ST SUGGESTS
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE
HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON MARCH 2ND 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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