Update on drought in western Massachusetts

Rain is still needed

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Since Fall started, September 22nd, we have gotten the chance to try and catch up on rainfall totals.

What western Massachusetts needed was a few days of widespread rain. Most of the wet weather we got was scattered so many towns were left without raindrops.

From previous rainfall recordings, which are measured at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, August was a dry month, leaving the month still needing at least an inch and a half of rain. September we saw improvements leaving the month only needing less than an inch.

But the drought continues, making it hard for some local farmers and residents.

According to the US Drought Monitor, that is updated every Thursday morning, still parts of the Pioneer Valley are still in an extreme drought. Other parts of western Massachusetts are in a severe or moderate drought.

Overall western Massachusetts is still lacking the rain even from recent rainfall. This Thursday a new drought monitor will be released. This Thursday a new drought monitor will be released, many are hoping for the Pioneer Valley to be taken out of the severe drought category.

The 22News Storm Team will have the latest on any new improvements.

 

More Information:
– Local Forecast – Weather Text Alerts
– Temperatures – Weather Email Alerts
– Weather News WWLP 22News Weather App
– Interactive Radar – Live Area Webcams
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