Map released: Thurs. December 1, 2022
Data valid: November 29, 2022 at 7 a.m. EST


  • None
  • D0 (Abnormally Dry)
  • D1 (Moderate Drought)
  • D2 (Severe Drought)
  • D3 (Extreme Drought)
  • D4 (Exceptional Drought)
  • No Data


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Northeast Drought Summary

Some minor changes were made on the map in eastern Massachusetts in response to a combination of factors including lingering groundwater recharge issues, low stream flows, and pockets of below-normal soil moisture. In Cape Cod, the USGS stream gauge on the Herring River at North Harwich was reporting flows in the 2nd percentile on November 29, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Similarly, an area of Abnormally Dry (D0) was introduced in Rhode Island where numerous gauging stations were reporting below-normal levels ranging from the 10th to the 23rd percentile. During the past week, precipitation accumulations (liquid) were generally light (<1.5 inches) with modest snowfall accumulations observed in Upstate New York as well as northern portions of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. According to the NWS National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC), the Northeast Region (Nov. 29) had an average snow depth of 1.6 inches with a maximum depth of 18.2 inches. In terms of climatological rankings for the past several months, precipitation in the Northeast Climate Region was above normal (top 1/3rd at 34th wettest on record) for the September-October period, with Rhode Island recording its 10th wettest on record (+4.89-inch anomaly), according to NOAA NCEI. Also, noteworthy for the region, the August-October period was the 13th warmest (+2.4-deg F anomaly) on record and at the statewide level Maine saw its 5th warmest September-October on record (+3.7-deg F anomaly).

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