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Map released: Thurs. April 15, 2021
Data valid: April 13, 2021 at 8 a.m. EDT

Intensity:

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

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The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.


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Northeast Drought Summary

Warm, dry weather across New England led to the expansion of moderate drought (D1). Here, daytime high temperatures over the last week ranged from 6 to 19 degrees above normal. Year-to-date precipitation at many stations ranks in the top 10 driest, down about 3 to 5 inches below normal. This has led to very low soil moisture, reduced streamflow, and declining groundwater. New Hampshire state officials urged the public to conserve water in response to the growing deficits and are preparing to adopt restrictions if the dry conditions persist. Likewise, Massachusetts residents and business are also being urged to curb water use. Widespread precipitation across the Mid-Atlantic last week helped prevent additional degradations in drought areas and alleviate any pockets of developing dryness.

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