Drought Information Statement
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000 AXUS71 KBOX 231329 DGTBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-100125- Drought Information Statement National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA 930 AM EDT Fri Sep 9 2022 ...US DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS SOME CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT OF DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND... .SYNOPSIS... Since the last Drought Statement on September 9th, the US Drought Monitor (USDM) continues to show some improvement across southern New England thanks to recent rainfall. Only a small area of extreme drought (D3) remains near metro Boston and the North Shore, while much of southern New England remains in the moderate (D1) or severe (D2) drought categories. Drought declarations from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island remain unchanged from earlier this month. .PRECIPITATION: Much of southern New England received beneficial rainfall this month thanks to frequent rounds of showers and thunderstorms. Totals of 3 to 7 inches have been widely observed. The highest totals, on the order of 6 to 10 inches, were observed from southern Connecticut into much of Rhode Island and parts of adjacent southeast Massachusetts. These totals were up to one inch below normal on the outer portion of Cape Cod and Nantucket and as much as 2 to 3 inches above normal across interior southern New England. .TEMPERATURES: Temperatures averaged near normal in much of eastern Massachusetts so far this month and 1 to 3 degrees above normal elsewhere. .HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS: A majority of seven-day average streamflows were near normal or even above normal due to recent rainfall. Groundwater levels are typically slower to respond to drought conditions. Across southern New England, groundwater levels continued to range from normal to much below normal but a few locations improved to above normal. Soil moisture was near normal, except below normal on Cape Cod and the Islands and above normal in western portions of Connecticut and Massachusetts. .DROUGHT MITIGATION ACTIONS: On September 8th, the MA Drought Management Task Force (DMTF) convened to discuss conditions across the Commonwealth. Following this meeting, MA Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Bethany Card announced an update to drought declarations in the Commonwealth. Except for the Southeast Region that saw improvement at the regional scale, all other regions within the Commonwealth will remain at their current drought levels. This includes the Cape Cod, Connecticut River Valley, Northeast, and Central Regions remaining at a Level 3-Critical Drought, and the Islands and Western Regions remaining at a Level 2-Significant Drought. The Southeast Region has been upgraded to Level 2-Significant Drought from a Level 3-Critical Drought. EEA urges residents and businesses to be extremely mindful of their overall water use, and select native and drought resistant plants for new plantings. In Level 3-Critical Drought Areas, the Commonwealth recommends halting all non-essential water use. More details regarding the Drought Status in MA can be found at the following web site: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/drought- status. The CT Interagency Drought Workgroup (IDW) convened on September 8th to assess the continued dry conditions across the State. The Stage 3 notice remains in effect for New London and Windham Counties and the Stage 2 notice remains in effect for the remainder of the state. The Interagency Drought Work Group met to reassess conditions and, because of the uncertainty regarding the long-term benefits of the recent storm, made no change. State agencies will monitor the still- changing conditions and determine if a special meeting is warranted prior to the next regular meeting, which is scheduled on October 6. CT Residents and businesses are asked to voluntarily conserve water including taking the following actions. Reduce watering of lawns, fields and other outdoor areas to the extent possible, report dry irrigation ponds or private wells to municipal officials or regional emergency management, avoid power-washing and using water to clean outdoor surfaces, and avoid burning near woodlands or areas of brush. More details regarding the drought stages in CT and water conservation tips are available at the CT Drought Information Center: https://portal.ct.gov/Water/Drought/Drought-Home The RI Drought Steering Committee (DSC) convened on September 13th to discuss conditions across the State. Following this meeting, Governor Dan McKee continued the Statewide Drought Advisory. The RI DSC plans to reconvene on October 6th. RI residents are asked to water lawns no more than is needed, and avoid watering during 10 am to 2 pm, when water is more likely to evaporate. Avoid using a water hose to wash driveways, and set dishwasher and washing machines based on load to avoid using excessive water. More details regarding drought monitoring in RI are available at the following RI WRB website: http://www.water.ri.gov/work_programs_drought.html. Across southern New England, please also heed the advice and any water restrictions in place by your local water supplier. .LOCAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK: The 8 to 14 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center, for September 30-October 6, indicates near normal temperatures and precipitation. The seasonal outlook from October through December indicates above average temperatures and equal chances of normal, above normal, or below normal rainfall. .NEXT ISSUANCE DATE: This product will be updated by Friday October 7th or sooner if conditions change significantly. .RELATED WEB SITES: In addition to the web links mentioned above, information on drought conditions can be found at the following web pages: National Integrated Drought Information Center: https://www.drought.gov/ Northeast Drought Early Warning System (DEWS): http://nedews.nrcc.cornell.edu/ NWS Boston/Norton MA: https://www.weather.gov/box/ Northeast River Forecast Center (NERFC): https://www.weather.gov/nerfc/ Climate Prediction Center (CPC): https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/ US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (USGS) New England Water Science Center: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/new-england-water-science-center .ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: The US Drought Monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAA, The US Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC). Numerous additional federal, state, local and educational partners participate in contributing information for Drought Monitor updates. Information for this statement has been gathered from NWS and FAA weather observation sites, and the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network. Streamflow and groundwater details were gathered from the United States Geological Survey. .CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have questions or comments about this Drought Information Statement, please contact: National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA 46 Commerce Way Norton, MA 02766 Phone: 508-622-3250 E-mail: box.webmaster@noaa.gov $$ For the latest updates...please visit our webpage at www.weather.gov/boston You can follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NWSBoston/ You can follow us on Twitter at @NWSBoston

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