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AXUS71 KBOX 121348  
DGTBOX  
CTC003-013-015-MAC001-005-007-009-011-013-015-017-019-021-023-025-  
027-RIC001-003-005-007-009-191400-  
 
DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOSTON/NORTON MA  
948 AM EDT FRI AUG 12 2022  
 
...US DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS INTENSIFICATION OF DROUGHT CONDITIONS  
IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND...   
..STATE DROUGHT DECLARATIONS EXPANDED IN MASSACHUSETTS
 
   
..STATE DROUGHT DECLARATION ANNOUNCED IN RHODE ISLAND
 
 
   
SYNOPSIS
 
 
AS OF AUGUST 11, THE US DROUGHT MONITOR INDICATED EXTREME DROUGHT  
(D3) ACROSS MUCH OF EASTERN MA, INCLUDING THE FAR SOUTHWESTERN  
PORTION OF CAPE COD AND THE ELIZABETH ISLANDS. D3 WAS ALSO  
SHOWN ACROSS PORTIONS OF EASTERN AND SOUTHERN RI.  
 
SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) PREVAILED ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF RI, EASTERN  
CT, NORTH CENTRAL MA, PLYMOUTH COUNTY MA, AND MUCH OF THE CAPE,  
MARTHAS VINEYARD, AND NANTUCKET.  
 
MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) WAS PREVALENT ACROSS MOST OF WESTERN MA AND  
NORTHERN CT.  
 
SINCE AUGUST 5, DROUGHT DECLARATIONS HAD BEEN UPDATED IN SOUTHERN  
NEW ENGLAND- THESE ARE DISCUSSED IN THE DROUGHT MITIGATION ACTIONS  
SECTION.  
 
.PRECIPITATION:  
 
JULY 2022 RAINFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL ACROSS MOST OF SOUTHERN NEW  
ENGLAND. THE LOWEST RAINFALL TOTALS WERE FOUND ACROSS EASTERN MA,  
MARTHAS VINEYARD AND CAPE COD, RI, AND MUCH OF EASTERN CT. RAINFALL  
TOTALS THERE RANGED FROM 2 INCHES, TO LESS THAN 1 INCH. THIS WAS 2 TO  
AROUND 3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  
 
RAINFALL TOTALS WERE HIGHER ACROSS CENTRAL AND WESTERN MA, NORTH  
CENTRAL TO FAR NORTHEAST CT, AND NANTUCKET. RAINFALL TOTALS RANGED  
FROM 2 TO 4 INCHES, WITH LOCALIZED TOTALS OF 4 TO 5 INCHES. THIS  
RAINFALL WAS MOSTLY 1 TO 2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE EXCEPTION WAS  
ALONG THE WESTFIELD TO SPRINGFIELD CORRIDOR, AND EXTREME NORTH  
CENTRAL MA, WHICH CAPTURED THE HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTALS- THERE THE  
RAINFALL RANGED FROM 1 INCH BELOW NORMAL TO AN INCH ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
AUGUST MONTH-TO-DATE RAINFALL HAS BEEN MOSTLY BELOW NORMAL, WITH  
UNDER 1 INCH OF RAIN. HOWEVER, THERE WERE LOCALIZED TOTALS ABOVE 1  
INCH, ESPECIALLY ACROSS SOUTHEAST MA, WITH TOTALS RANGING FROM 1  
TO AS HIGH AS 3 INCHES.  
 
.TEMPERATURES:  
 
JULY TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 1 TO 4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS THE  
REGION. TEMPERATURES FROM AUGUST 1 TO 11 AVERAGED 5 TO 8 DEGREES  
ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
THE COMBINATION OF BELOW TO MUCH BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL, AND ABOVE TO  
MUCH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES, CAUSED DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO  
DETERIORATE DURING JULY AND EARLY AUGUST.  
 
.HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS:  
 
SEVEN-DAY AVERAGE STREAMFLOWS WERE AT BELOW TO MUCH BELOW NORMAL  
LEVELS ACROSS MOST OF THE AREA. AS OF TODAYS DATE, THERE WERE  
QUITE A FEW GAGED RIVERS AND STREAMS AT RECORD LOW FLOWS FOR TODAYS  
DATE WITHIN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND.  
 
GROUNDWATER LEVELS ARE TYPICALLY SLOWER TO RESPOND TO DROUGHT  
CONDITIONS. ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND, GROUNDWATER LEVELS RANGED  
FROM NORMAL TO MUCH BELOW NORMAL.  
 
SOIL MOISTURE WAS BELOW TO MUCH BELOW NORMAL.  
 
.DROUGHT MITIGATION ACTIONS:  
 
ON AUGUST 9, THE MA DROUGHT MANAGEMENT TASK FORCE (DMTF) CONVENED TO  
DISCUSS CONDITIONS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH. FOLLOWING THIS MEETING, MA  
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS SECRETARY BETHANY CARD ANNOUNCED  
AN UPDATE TO DROUGHT DECLARATIONS IN THE COMMONWEALTH. A LEVEL 3- CRITICAL  
DROUGHT IS NOW IN PLACE ACROSS MOST OF MA, INCLUDING THE NORTHEAST,  
SOUTHEAST, CENTRAL AND CONNECTICUT RIVER VALLEY REGIONS. A LEVEL 2-  
SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT IS IN PLACE ACROSS CAPE COD. A LEVEL 1- MILD  
DROUGHT IS IN PLACE IN THE ISLANDS AND WESTERN REGIONS.  
 
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 MA DMTF WILL RE-CONVENE ON AUGUST 23.  
 
THE CT INTERAGENCY DROUGHT WORKGROUP (IDW) CONVENED ON AUGUST 4 TO  
ASSESS THE CONTINUED DRY CONDITIONS ACROSS THE STATE. A STAGE 2 NOTICE  
REMAINS IN EFFECT STATEWIDE, AND THE CT INTERAGENCY DROUGHT WORKGROUP  
PLANS TO MEET AGAIN ON AUGUST 18 TO REASSESS CONDITIONS.  
 
CT RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES ARE ASKED TO VOLUNTARILY TAKE THE FOLLOWING  
ACTIONS TO MINIMIZE STRAIN ON WATER SUPPLY: REDUCE OUTDOOR IRRIGATION,  
POSTPONE NEW LAWN OR VEGETATION PLANTINGS, FIX ANY WATER LEAKS, AND  
FOLLOW WATER CONSERVATION REQUESTS OF LOCAL WATER SUPPLIERS AND  
MUNICIPALITIES.  
 
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 AUGUST 9 TO  
DISCUSS CONDITIONS ACROSS THE STATE. FOLLOWING THIS MEETING,  
GOVERNOR DAN MCKEE ISSUED A STATEWIDE DROUGHT ADVISORY. THE  
RI DSC PLANS TO RECONVENE IN EARLY SEPTEMBER.  
 
RI RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO WATER LAWNS NO MORE THAN IS  
NEEDED, AND AVOIDING 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 WEB SITE:  
HTTP://WWW.WATER.RI.GOV/WORK_PROGRAMS_DROUGHT.HTML .  
 
ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND, PLEASE ALSO HEED THE ADVICE AND  
RECOMMENDATIONS OF YOUR LOCAL WATER SUPPLIER.  
 
.LOCAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK:  
 
MAINLY DRY AND SEASONABLE WEATHER IS EXPECTED TODAY WITH A LOW  
CHANCE FOR SHOWERS ACROSS SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE  
ISLAND. HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS INTO OUR AREA DURING THIS WEEKEND,  
BRINGING SLIGHTLY COOLER THAN NORMAL AND MOSTLY DRY WEATHER.  
HOWEVER, A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM PASSING WELL OFFSHORE COULD BRING  
A FEW SHOWERS TO SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND AT TIMES.  
 
AN UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN THEN DEVELOPS BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT  
WEEK. THERE IS A CHANCE FOR BENEFICIAL RAINFALL DURING TUESDAY  
THROUGH THURSDAY, BUT THIS IS NOT A CERTAINTY. SLIGHTLY COOLER THAN  
NORMAL TEMPERATURES LIKELY CONTINUE THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.  
 
AT THIS TIME, FORECAST RAINFALL THROUGH 8 AM FRIDAY AUGUST 19 IS  
AROUND 1 INCH. THIS WOULD BE NEAR NORMAL FOR A WEEK IN  
MID-AUGUST.  
 
THE 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, FOR  
AUGUST 19-25, INDICATES TEMPERATURES AVERAGING ABOVE NORMAL, WITH  
PRECIPITATION NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL. THE SEASONAL OUTLOOK FROM  
SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER, INDICATES TEMPERATURES AVERAGING ABOVE  
NORMAL, AND EQUAL CHANCES OF NORMAL, ABOVE NORMAL, OR BELOW NORMAL  
RAINFALL.  
 
.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE:  
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY FRIDAY AUGUST 26TH.  
 
.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  
46 COMMERCE WAY  
NORTON, MA 02766  
PHONE: 508-622-3250  
BOX.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV  
 

 
 
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