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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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