Hi Folks

With apologies for cross-posting, please see the latest NIDIS update. I had a great chat with Sylvia Reeves, our NIDIS Northeast DEWS coordinator earlier this morning and shall continue to work with her closely as the situation continues. I also did a VPR Morning Edition interview this morning which will air next Monday. Once it goes live, I'll forward some of the additional links to resources. New Hampshire and Maine have activated their respective Drought Task Forces and are begining to collect impacts and concerns at a centralized site.

Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone


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Subject: Drought Early Warning Update for the Northeast
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2021 13:48:32 -0400 (EDT)
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Northeast Drought Early Warning Update
                                                          DEWS partner
Drought Early Warning Update for the

July 1, 2021

Another Northeast Drought Settles in With the Onset of Warmer Than Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation
This Drought Early Warning Update is issued in partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to communicate concern for drought expansion and intensification within the Northeast U.S. based on recent conditions and the forecasts and outlooks. NIDIS and its partners will issue future Drought Early Warning Updates as conditions evolve.

This covers the following states in the Northeast U.S.: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York.

Key Points

  • Severe Drought (D2) expanded in Maine and New Hampshire
  • Moderate Drought (D1) expanded westward in Vermont
  • Moderate Drought (D1) and Abnormally Dry Conditions (D0) held on in northern and western New York
Current Conditions
U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions

  • Severe drought (D2) exists in 6.3% of the region.
  • Moderate drought (D1) conditions exist in 29.4% of the region.
  • Abnormally dry (D0) conditions exist in 30.2% of the region.
June 29, 2021, U.S. Drought Monitor Map: https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
7-Day Average Streamflows

  • Streamflows are below average across much of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and western Connecticut, Massachusetts, and areas in New York. Some waterways in Maine are setting daily low streamflow records.
Annual Precipitation Departure from Normal
June 30 High Temperature Anomalies

  • Portland, ME, reached a high of 95°F. The site recorded three consecutive days of 95°F or higher for the first time in June, tying its all-time streak.
  • Boston, MA, had a high of 100°F, tying as the site’s hottest June day on record. The most recent occurrence was in 1952.
  • LaGuardia Airport, NY, recorded a high of 100°F for only the fourth time in June on record, tying as the site’s third hottest June day.
  • Concord, NH had 9 days above 90 this June, breaking the record of 8 days set in 1997.
Sign Up for Customized Drought Alerts (My Alerts) at Drought.gov


  • The 8-14 day outlook indicates above-normal temperatures for the region. Above-normal precipitation is favored for western Massachusetts and Connecticut and much of New York. Normal precipitation is favored for the rest of the region.
  • The 3-4 week outlook favors above-normal temperatures across the Northeast and equal precipitation chances for the region.
Temperature Outlook 8-14 Day
Precipitation Outlook 8-14 Day
Temperature Outlook Week 3-4
Precipitation Outlook Week 3-4
Soil Moisture End Users Listening Session
July 13 or July 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Do you use (or *wish* you could use) soil moisture data or maps to support your decision making, advising, or other work activities?
Do you want to share your opinions on which soil moisture datasets, maps, and tools are needed to better inform drought, flood, or other natural resource issues?
In July, the National Coordinated Soil Moisture Monitoring Network is hosting two listening sessions for soil moisture end users to share their thoughts, wish lists, and out-of-the-box ideas about what types of soil moisture products would best serve them. 
Target participants include federal, regional, and state program staff; state climatologists; water resource managers; extension agents; and any others who are interested in products derived from soil moisture data, whether it be from in situ mesonets, modeling outputs, and/or satellite retrievals.  
Participants can choose either July 13 or an identical session on July 22, both at 1-3 p.m. ET. Please register by Wednesday, July 7.
Additional Resources

Contacts for More Information

Regional Drought Information Coordinator (Northeast DEWS)
NOAA/CIRES/National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

Ellen L. Mecray
Regional Climate Services Director, Eastern Region
NOAA/NESDIS/National Centers for Environmental Information
Prepared By
Sylvia Reeves
NOAA/National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

Samantha Borisoff, Jessica Spaccio, Keith Eggleston, Art DeGaetano
Northeast Regional Climate Center

Ellen Mecray
Regional Climate Services Director, Eastern Region, NOAA

David Hollinger and Maria Janowiak
USDA Climate Hubs

Gardner Bent
USGS/New England Water Science Center

In partnership with National Weather Service Offices of the Northeast and State Climate Offices of the Northeast.