Drought continues in western Massachusetts

Even though we got some rain showers Sunday morning, western Massachusetts needs more!

Strawberry plants at Smolak Farms in North Andover are smaller than usual this year due to drought conditions affecting much of the state. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]
Strawberry plants at Smolak Farms in North Andover are smaller than usual this year due to drought conditions affecting much of the state. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]

GRANBY, Mass. (WWLP) – Even though we got some rain showers Sunday morning, western Massachusetts needs more! 22News is working for you with the latest on the drought.

Every drop of rain here in western Massachusetts is welcomed.

All of western Massachusetts continues to stay in some kind of a drought, whether its being just very dry or extremely dry.
It’s hurting local farmers and garden centers.

22News went to Class Grass Garden Center in Granby and found out how its affected business. John Duda, Owner of Class Grass Garden Center, told 22News, “A major change for us has been our landscape customers and our customers in general, they stopped buying trees and shrubs in general because of the responsibility of keeping them wet.”

Duda went on to tell 22News people have been cautious about what they bought at the Garden Center, “They are hesitant, they bought things like grasses that don’t need a lot of water.”

According to the US Drought Monitor parts of western Massachusetts continues to stay in an extreme drought, other parts of western Massachusetts are either in a severe drought, moderate drought, or abnormally dry altogether.

Rain from Sunday morning is beneficial, and we will take every drop. But what western Massachusetts needs is a long, steady rain for a couple days.

 

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– Weather News WWLP 22News Weather App
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