Monday’s rain not nearly enough to end drought

Every raindrop is helpful, however

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – You might have woken up Monday morning to some pounding rain. With much of western Massachusetts under either a severe or extreme drought, every raindrop is helpful.

Some parts of the area were drenched by more than an inch of rainfall through the morning and into the afternoon. It is the most rain that we have received all month long.

Still, it is not enough- we need a few days of long, soaking rain to end the drought. The folks at G&H Landscaping in Holyoke told 22News that this is the driest they have seen western Massachusetts in quite some years.

“Were in an 8-10 inch deficit right now for the year, and were going to need a steady rainfall. These little hit-or-miss showers or downpours are not going to replenish the ground water,” said Gary Courchesne of G&H Landscaping.

Extreme drought has come to western Massachusetts

If your city or town has imposed a water ban, it is still important to abide by those restrictions. Some wells have even gone dry due to the lack of rain.

To find out if there is any more rain headed our way soon, check out your latest 22News Storm Team Forecast.

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