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Massachusetts Drought Monitor

The Massachusetts Drought monitor is a subset of the United States Monitor, issued every Thursday morning, based on drought conditions the previous Tuesday. The map below shows the current drought level around the state, and the percent of Massachusetts land area in each drought level compared to the previous week.

Read an explanation of the drought intensities and what they mean.

Massachusetts Drought Monitor

Massachusetts Hydrologic Information Statement

Note that if drought conditions are not being experienced, or in the case of river flooding or heavy rain, this statement may be used to indicate river flows or flood potential.

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WINTER/SPRING FLOOD POTENTIAL OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
155 PM EST THU FEB 4 2016

...THE WINTER/SPRING FLOOD POTENTIAL IS BELOW NORMAL ACROSS SOUTHERN
NEW ENGLAND...

THE WINTER/SPRING FLOOD POTENTIAL FOR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND IS
BELOW NORMAL. THE POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING DUE TO ICE JAMS IS WELL
BELOW NORMAL.

THIS IS THE THIRD WINTER/SPRING FLOOD POTENTIAL OUTLOOK OF THE 2016
SEASON.  FLOOD OUTLOOKS WILL BE ISSUED EVERY TWO WEEKS INTO EARLY
SPRING TO ASSESS THE POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING.  THE OUTLOOKS ARE BASED
ON CURRENT AND FORECAST HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS.  THIS
INCLUDES SNOW COVER AND SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT...STREAM AND RIVER
LEVELS AND THE AMOUNT OF ICE COVERAGE...ALONG WITH EXPECTED
TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS.

...RECENT PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURES...

JANUARY 2016 BROUGHT ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES TO SOUTHERN NEW
ENGLAND. FOR MUCH OF THE REGION...TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 2 TO 4
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.  ACROSS THE CONNECTICUT RIVER VALLEY IN
MASSACHUSETTS...TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 4 TO 5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. 

THE PAST THREE MONTHS COMBINED WERE ANOMALOUSLY WARMER THAN
NORMAL. BOSTON...PROVIDENCE AND WORCESTER ALL EXPERIENCED THEIR
WARMEST NOVEMBER TO JANUARY COMBINATION ON RECORD. HARTFORD
EXPERIENCED ITS SECOND WARMEST NOVEMBER TO JANUARY COMBINATION ON
RECORD.

JANUARY 2016 LIQUID EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION WAS ONLY AROUND 1.5
INCHES ACROSS NORTHWEST AND FAR NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS.
PRECIPITATION RANGED FROM 1.75 TO 2.5 INCHES ACROSS NORTHERN
CONNECTICUT AND SOUTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS. THIS LIQUID
EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION RANGED FROM 1.5 TO 2.25 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL.

ACROSS MUCH OF EAST COASTAL MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND...HIGHER
PRECIPITATION OF 2.5 TO 4 INCHES FELL...WHICH WAS NEAR NORMAL TO
ABOUT AN INCH BELOW NORMAL. CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS HAD THE
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION WITH OVER 4 INCHES OF LIQUID EQUIVALENT...CLOSE
TO NORMAL FOR THAT AREA.

...OBSERVED SNOW DEPTHS AND WATER EQUIVALENTS...

AS OF FEBRUARY 4...THE GROUND WAS BARE ACROSS THE VAST MAJORITY OF
SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND.  A FEW SPOTS ACROSS HIGHER TERRAIN ALONG FAR
NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS AND THE EAST SLOPES OF THE BERKSHIRES
HAD 1 TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW DEPTH. SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT WAS
NEGLIGIBLE. 

THE LACK OF SNOW PACK...ESPECIALLY ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL
MASSACHUSETTS AND THE EAST SLOPES OF THE BERKSHIRES...IS WELL
BELOW NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. IN ADDITION...THE SNOW PACK
ACROSS THE HEADWATERS OF THE CONNECTICUT AND MERRIMACK RIVERS INTO
VERMONT AND NEW HAMPSHIRE WAS ALSO BELOW NORMAL.

...RIVER AND ICE CONDITIONS...

RIVERS AND STREAMS WERE RUNNING AT NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL LEVELS.
DUE TO THE ANOMALOUSLY WARM CONDITIONS EXPERIENCED FROM NOVEMBER
THROUGH JANUARY...RIVER ICE ACROSS THE REGION HAS NOT HAD MUCH
OPPORTUNITY TO FORM AND THICKEN. AS OF THIS MORNING...MOST RIVERS
ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AND ADJACENT AREAS WERE FLOWING FREE
OF ICE...A RARITY FOR EARLY FEBRUARY.

TEMPERATURES FOR MUCH OF THE NEXT 7 DAYS ARE EXPECTED TO BE CLOSE TO
SEASONABLE. LOOKING FURTHER AHEAD...TEMPERATURES DURING FEBRUARY
11 TO 17 ARE EXPECTED TO AVERAGE BELOW NORMAL. THIS SHOULD PROVIDE
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR RIVER ICE TO REFORM OR THICKEN SOMEWHAT.
HOWEVER THIS ICE WOULD LIKELY STILL BE WELL BELOW NORMAL THICKNESS
FOR MID FEBRUARY.

...SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS AND WATER SUPPLY...

THE NEAR SURFACE SOIL MOISTURE ANOMALY MAP FROM 31 JANUARY 2016
SHOWED NEAR TO BELOW NORMAL MOISTURE ACROSS THE REGION. THE DRIEST
CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO BE FOUND ACROSS THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT.

EXAMINING GROUND WATER MONITORING WELLS ACROSS THE REGION COURTESY
OF THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (USGS) MOST GROUND WATER
LEVELS WERE REPORTED TO BE AT NORMAL OR BELOW NORMAL LEVELS. 

...TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK...

TEMPERATURES DURING THE NEXT 7 DAYS ARE EXPECTED TO AVERAGE NEAR
NORMAL. A STORM SYSTEM PASSING SOUTHEAST OF NANTUCKET WILL BRING
RAIN...THEN SNOW...TO MUCH OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND TONIGHT AND
FRIDAY. REGARDING THE LATEST SNOWFALL FORECAST AND ASSOCIATED
HEADLINES FOR THE UPCOMING EVENT...PLEASE GO TO THE FOLLOWING WEB
SITE FOR UPDATES: HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON AND
HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/BOX/WINTER.

DRY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THIS WEEKEND. THEN ANOTHER
SYSTEM MAY BRING ADDITIONAL SNOW AND RAINFALL TO OUR AREA DURING
MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY. DRY CONDITIONS SHOULD THEN RETURN FOR
NEXT WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.

THE WEEK TWO OUTLOOK FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...FROM
FEBRUARY 11 TO 17...CALLS FOR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND NEAR
NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR THAT PERIOD. 

...SUMMARY...

BASED ON THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME...THE WINTER/SPRING
FLOOD POTENTIAL IS BELOW NORMAL ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. THE
POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING DUE TO ICE JAMS IS WELL BELOW NORMAL. 

THERE WAS NO SNOW PACK ON THE GROUND AS OF FEBRUARY
4...WHICH WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.  UPCOMING
SYSTEMS COULD CREATE A NEW SNOW PACK ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE
REGION. RIVERS AND STREAMS ARE RUNNING AT NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL
LEVELS...WITH SOIL MOISTURE NEAR NORMAL. GROUND WATER LEVELS WERE
NORMAL TO BELOW NORMAL.

RIVER ICE HAD A LATE START THIS SEASON. RIVER ICE IS EXPECTED TO
CONTINUE TO GRADUALLY FORM AND THICKEN OVER THE NEXT 2 WEEKS...
HOWEVER THE RIVER ICE IS NOT EXPECTED TO POSE A FLOOD THREAT
THROUGH MID FEBRUARY.

KEEP IN MIND THAT HEAVY RAIN CAN CAUSE FLOODING ANY TIME OF THE
YEAR. THOSE WITH INTERESTS ALONG RIVERS AND STREAMS SHOULD CHECK
THE HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...WHICH HIGHLIGHTS ANY POTENTIAL
FLOOD EVENTS OVER THE NEXT 7 DAYS. GO TO WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON AND
CLICK ON THE OPTION CURRENT HAZARDS...THEN CLICK ON LOCAL
OUTLOOK.

THE NEXT WINTER/SPRING FLOOD POTENTIAL OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED ON 
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18.

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