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Drought continues with no end in sight

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

The beat goes on! The drought continues across the area and there's really no end in sight. Aside from a few stray showers and storms over the next week it will remain dry. Rivers are running low, lawns are mainly brown and water restrictions are in place in many cities and towns across the state.

Things have been rather dry for almost a year now but the drought really started in March. We began the spring with only 20% of the state with Abnormally Dry conditions and now 100% of the Bay State has some degree of drought from Abnormally Dry conditions across the Berkshires to a Severe Drought here in the valley. The situation is even worse in eastern Massachusetts. The Boston area (17% of the state) is in Extreme Drought. Last week only Nantucket Island, which received a few rounds of heavy rain earlier this summer, was not in a drought but with today's new Drought Monitor even the island is now Abnormally Dry. 

Although things are very dry we've had drier summers. Year to date (January - August) Hartford has seen it's 6th driest stretch during that time period, Boston it's 12th, Providence it's 42nd and Worcester it's 17th. So yes it's dry and yes a good "all day" soaking would be just what the doctor ordered but things could be worse. It's Boston first time in Extreme Drought but the Drought Monitor has only been issues over the past 16 years. There's not a lot of data to compare. 

For now we'll just have to take shorter showers, let the lawns go brown and enjoy the dry weather while we have it. Things have a way of evening out over time so be careful what you wish for the rains will come.

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