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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
330 PM EST THU JAN 5 2017

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

THE SPRING FLOOD POTENTIAL FOR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND IS BELOW TO MUCH
BELOW NORMAL. THE POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING DUE TO ICE JAMS IS
BELOW NORMAL TO NON-EXISTENT.

THIS IS THE FIRST WINTER/SPRING FLOOD POTENTIAL OUTLOOK OF THE 2017
SEASON. THIS OUTLOOK IS 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...

DECEMBER 2016 BROUGHT VARIED AMOUNTS OF PRECIPITATION TO SOUTHERN
NEW ENGLAND. WHILE CENTRAL AND WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS HAD ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION...EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS...INCLUDING CAPE COD
AND THE ISLANDS HAD BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE EXCEPTION TO
EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS WAS ESSEX COUNTY WHERE PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE
NORMAL. FOR RHODE ISLAND AND NORTHEAST CONNECTICUT...PRECIPITATION
WAS BELOW NORMAL.

IN THE FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY 2017 THROUGH JANUARY 5...RAINFALL AND
SNOWMELT AVERAGED 0.50 TO 1.50 INCHES.

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

AS OF JANUARY 5...THE GROUND WAS BARE ACROSS MOST OF SOUTHERN NEW
ENGLAND...EXCEPT FOR THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF NORTH CENTRAL AND
NORTHWEST MASSACHUSETTS WHERE SNOW DEPTHS AVERAGED 1 TO 4 INCHES.
THE SNOW PACK IS SOMEWHAT BELOW NORMAL FOR EARLY JANUARY IN EXTENT
AND COVERAGE.

THE SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT IN THE EXISTING SNOW PACK IS 0.5 TO 1.0
INCH. THIS TOO IS SOMEWHAT BELOW NORMAL IN EXTENT AND COVERAGE FOR
EARLY JANUARY.

...RIVER AND ICE CONDITIONS...

GIVEN ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND THE LAST
10 DAYS OF DECEMBER ALONG WITH THE RECENT MILD RAIN EVENTS HAVE
ELEVATED STREAM FLOWS. THIS HAS RESULTED IN RIVER FLOWS THAT ARE
NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS MOST OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. THE
EXCEPTION IS ACROSS CAPE COD WHERE RIVER FLOWS ARE RUNNING BELOW
NORMAL.

THERE IS MINIMAL TO NO RIVER ICE IN AREA RIVERS.

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

THE ONGOING DROUGHT ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND HAS TAKEN ITS TOLL
WITH GROUNDWATER LEVELS REMAINING VERY LOW ACROSS MANY LOCATIONS.
MASSACHUSETTS WELLS WERE MAINLY BELOW NORMAL WITH SOME NEAR NORMAL.
CONNECTICUT WELLS WERE PREDOMINANTLY BELOW NORMAL...WHILE RHODE
ISLAND WELLS WERE A MIX OF BELOW NORMAL TO NORMAL.

GROUNDWATER WELLS MONITORED BY THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAVE
RESPONDED TO RECENT RAINFALL AND SNOW MELT...SHOWING SOME UPWARD
CLIMB. 

WATER SUPPLY AS OF DECEMBER WAS MAINLY BELOW NORMAL IN MASSACHUSETTS
AND CONNECTICUT...AND NORMAL IN RHODE ISLAND. IN MASSACHUSETTS...THE
QUABBIN RESERVOIR...THE MAIN WATER SUPPLY RESERVOIR FOR 47
COMMUNITIES IN METRO BOSTON HAD DIPPED BELOW 80 PERCENT CAPACITY IN
DECEMBER 2016. THE WACHUSETT RESERVOIR WAS AT ABOUT 90 PERCENT
CAPACITY.

WITH MINIMAL SNOW ON THE GROUND...WATER SUPPLY DOES REMAIN A CONCERN
GOING THROUGH THIS WINTER INTO SPRING UNLESS WE SEE ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.

...TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK...

THE NEXT 7 DAYS ARE EXPECTED TO BRING AN ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN
ACCOMPANIED BY VARIABLE TEMPERATURES. A FAST MOVING OFFSHORE STORM
SYSTEM WILL BRING A PERIOD OF LIGHT SNOW TO MUCH OF THE REGION LATE
TONIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING...BUT A PLOWABLE SNOW SHOULD BE CONFINED
TO MAINLY THE SOUTH COAST...CAPE AND ISLANDS. DRY BUT COLD WEATHER
RETURNS LATER FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY. HOWEVER ANOTHER OFFSHORE LOW
WILL LIKELY BRING ANOTHER PERIOD OF SNOW TO THE SAME AREA SATURDAY
NIGHT...POSSIBLY NORTH INTO COASTAL PLYMOUTH COUNTY. THEN BITTERLY
COLD CONDITIONS OVERSPREAD THE AREA SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY
MORNING. TEMPERATURES BEGIN TO MODERATE NEXT TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY.

THE OFFICIAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE 8-14 DAY OUTLOOK FOR JANUARY
12 TO 18...CALLS FOR TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION TO BE ABOVE
NORMAL.

...SUMMARY...

BASED ON THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME...THE SPRING FLOOD
POTENTIAL IS BELOW TO MUCH BELOW NORMAL ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND.
THE POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING DUE TO ICE JAMS IS BELOW NORMAL TO NON-
EXISTENT.

RIVER FLOWS ARE NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS MOST OF SOUTHERN NEW
ENGLAND THANKS TO RECENT RAINFALL AND SNOW MELT...BUT THE EXCEPTION
IS ACROSS CAPE COD WHERE RIVER FLOWS ARE RUNNING BELOW NORMAL.

PRECIPITATION THROUGH DECEMBER 2016 WAS ABOVE NORMAL FOR CENTRAL AND
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS...AND ESSEX COUNTY WITH BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION ELSEWHERE.

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.

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