Severe drought expands in Berkshire County in new Drought Monitor report

Needed rain could help bring some short term drought relief.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Thursday morning update of the National Drought Monitor brought an expansion of “Severe Drought” in Berkshire County. While we have had some showers lately, there has not been enough soaking rain to prevent expansion of the drought in Western Massachusetts.

The rainfall deficit in the lower Pioneer Valley since the beginning of 2016 ranges from 8-10″ of rain that we would need to catch up to normal. That “missing” rainfall amounts to between two and three months worth of rain that has not fallen this year.

While drought expanded in Berkshire County, drought levels remain unchanged in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties. The drought in Western Massachusetts now ranges from “Moderate” to “Extreme” with the worst drought affecting central Hampshire and southeastern Franklin Counties.

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Thankfully we have a number of opportunities for wet weather to end the week and possibly into the weekend and early next week.

Take a look at the 22News Storm Team Forecast here.