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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

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