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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
326 AM EDT FRI SEP 11 2020

SYNOPSIS...
DROUGHT CATEGORIES HAVE EXPANDED AND DETERIORATED DURING PAST WEEK
IN PISCATAQUIS COUNTY AND CENTRAL PENOBSCOT COUNTY. THIS WAS A
DIRECT RESULT OF CONTINUED DRY WEATHER DURING THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF
SEPTEMBER. DURING THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF THE MONTH, ONLY 0.04" OF
RAIN WAS OBSERVED IN BOTH CARIBOU AND BANGOR. 

SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) INCLUDES NEARLY ALL OF EASTERN AROOSTOOK 
COUNTY. SEVERE DROUGHT ALSO INCLUDES MUCH OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL 
PENOBSCOT COUNTY, FAR NORTHERN WASHINGTON COUNTY, AND MUCH OF 
PISCATAQUIS COUNTY.

PRECIPITATION DURING THE PAST 60 TO 90 DAYS HAS BEEN WELL BELOW 
AVERAGE AND HAS RANGED FROM 50 TO 75 PERCENT OF NORMAL. THE VERY
DRY CONDITIONS HAVING CONTINUED FOR A FEW MONTHS. RAINFALL SINCE
JUNE 1ST RANKS AS THE DRIEST ON RECORD IN CARIBOU AND HOULTON.

THE SEVERE DROUGHT IS DUE TO LOW SOIL MOISTURE, LACK OF 
WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL, LOW STREAM FLOWS, AND DRYING 
VEGETATION. 

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...
VERY LOW STREAM FLOWS ACROSS THE AREA WITH SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO
GRAIN CROPS REPORTED. POTATO AND OTHER CROPS IN THE AREA NEED 
EXTENSIVE IRRIGATION. THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF NEGATIVE IMPACTS
ON BOTH THE POTATO AND BLUEBERRY CROPS DUE TO THE DROUGHT
CONDITIONS. THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF DUG WELLS RUNNING DRY IN 
PARTS OF SOUTHERN WASHINGTON COUNTY. MANY OF THE LARGER RIVERS ARE
AT NEAR RECORD LOW FLOWS FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
PRECIPITATION HAS BEEN WELL BELOW AVERAGE DURING THE PAST 60 TO
90 DAYS AND IS ONLY 50 TO 75 PERCENT OF NORMAL ACROSS THE REGION 
SINCE MAY 1ST, WITH THE GREATEST DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL ACROSS
THE SAINT JOHN VALLEY AND EASTERN WASHINGTON COUNTY.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
THERE WILL BE SOME SHOWERS LATE SUNDAY INTO EARLY MONDAY, BUT
RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BE MORE THAN ONE TO TWO
TENTHS OF AN INCH. OTHERWISE, NO SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL IS EXPECTED
DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. TEMPERATURES DURING THE NEXT 1 TO 2
WEEKS ARE EXPECTED TO AVERAGE NEAR TO SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE. 

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
AVERAGE SEVEN DAY STREAM FLOW HAS BEEN WELL BELOW NORMAL AND IS
CURRENTLY RUNNING AT ONLY 25 TO 50 PERCENT OF NORMAL. STREAM FLOW
IS EXPECTED TO RUN WELL BELOW AVERAGE DURING THE NEXT ONE TO TWO 
WEEKS. 

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON SEPTEMBER 25TH OR SOONER IF 
NECESSARY IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN CONDITIONS.

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RELATED WEB SITES...
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND
AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES...

US DROUGHT MONITOR...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML
NOAA DROUGHT PAGE...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.NOAA.GOV
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC)...HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV
US DROUGHT MONITOR...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV
NORTHEAST REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER...HTTP://WWW.NRCC.CORNELL.EDU

ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV
US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY...HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS...HTTP://WWW.USACE.ARMY.MIL

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CENTERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL
INFORMATION...THE USDA...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS
AND THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS
STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...
STATE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES...THE USDA...USACE AND USGS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION
STATEMENT...PLEASE CONTACT...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
810 MAIN ST
CARIBOU ME 04736
PHONE...207-492-0180
CARWEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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CB

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