Most of western Massachusetts now experiencing ‘severe’ drought

We missed an opportunity for substantial rainfall yesterday as a rare, August Nor’easter passed...
We missed an opportunity for substantial rainfall yesterday as a rare, August Nor’easter passed off shore(Western Mass News)
Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 10:41 AM EDT
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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - We missed an opportunity for substantial rainfall yesterday as a rare, August Nor’easter passed off shore, which brought drought busting rains to central and northern New England.

Most of us in western Massachusets picked up less than .1″ of rain and now, there is no rain in the forecast into next week and after another week with very little rainfall, the drought worsens across western Massachusetts.

According to the latest U.S. Drought monitor, which comes out every Thursday morning, western Massachusetts went from a ‘moderate’ drought to a ‘severe’ drought.

The area has been in some form of drought since late May. We are five to eight inches below average year-to-date. We would need a couple of good soakings to catch up and be out of a drought.

  • D0: Abnormally Dry 
  • D1: Moderate Drought
  • D2: Severe Drought
  • D3: Extreme Drought
  • D4: Exceptional Drought