A Drought Advisory for two of the state’s drought regions, the Southeast Region and the Cape and Islands Region, had been in effect from October 1 through November 30, 2014. As of December 1, 2014, the Drought Advisory is no longer in effect, and conditions have returned to normal.
The Massachusetts Drought Management Plan file size 1MB outlines the responsibilities of various state and federal agencies, the lines of communication and general sequence of actions to be used based on the severity of the situation.
Drought Regions Map
Current Drought Status Maps
Past Drought Declarations Maps and History
Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI)
The Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) is one of seven indices used by the Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force to determine the level of drought severity. See more...
Drought Management Task Force
The Drought Management Task Force (DMTF) assists in collecting and assessing technical information, facilitates coordination and communication among DMTF members, and provides advice to the Secretary of EEA, the Secretary of Public Safety and Security, and the Governor on the level of drought and agency response.
The Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force last met on June 18, 2015. The Task Force did not recommend the declaration of a drought at that meeting. The Task Force staff continues to monitor drought indicators and, when necessary, the Task Force will meet to discuss conditions. Details of any upcoming meeting date will be posted here when available.