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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Another Northeast drought settles in with the onset of warmer than 
normal temperatures and below normal precipitation
Northeast Drought Early Warning Update

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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.

For more details, see the Northeast Drought Early Warning System 

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: 

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.

State-Reported Impacts

Maine Water District Bans Outdoor Water Use Due to Drought 
Vermont Fire Concerns 
New York Crops 

Sign Up for Customized Drought Alerts (My Alerts) at 


  * 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 
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.

Register Now 

Additional Resources

  * Northeast DEWS Dashboard:

  * NOAA Regional Climate Services:

  * Your local National Weather Service office:
  * NOAA Regional Climate Services Monthly Webinar Series (July 29 next
  * USDA Northeast Climate Hub:

  * USGS/New England and New York Water Science Centers:
    <> and

Contacts for More Information

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

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