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AXUS71 KOKX 161930  
DGTOKX  
NYC103-022000-  
 
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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