Update on the ongoing drought in western Massachusetts

Parts of western Massachusetts experiencing severe and extreme drought conditions

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor the drought hasn’t gotten any worse over the last two weeks. But parts of western Massachusetts are still experiencing extreme drought conditions while the majority of the area is in a severe drought.

Despite the ongoing drought conditions, you can still find spots where the grass has gotten pretty green.

Over the last couple of weeks we have picked up some rain but not enough to put much of a dent in the drought. The lack of rain has taken a toll on people’s lawns.

“Oh it’s very dry, very dry it’s doing a number on it so I’m thinking of making it into a garden instead,” said Esthela Bergeron of Holyoke.

“I drive over the railroad tracks in West Springfield and I look over the river and it’s real low and I can even see the rocks which I haven’t seen in a very long time. My grass is brown and just having to water it a lot this past season,” said Lori Picard of West Springfield.

You can see how low the Connecticut River is right now. Rocks and even some debris are visible in the very shallow water.

The good news is that it looks like we might see some rain over the weekend but it’s not associated with Hurricane Matthew.

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