Drought Warning continues for western Massachusetts

Many cities and towns continue to have voluntary and mandatory water bans in place

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – After a few showers Wednesday the sun was back out in full force on Thursday. While parts of the state did receive some rainfall last month many locations are running more than 10 inches below average for the year.

So far this month we’ve only picked up about .04″ of an inch of rain, on average we get almost 4″ of rain for the month of November.

The Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has declared a Drought Warning for most of the state.

Many cities and towns continue to have voluntary and mandatory water bans in place. And if we don’t get the rain now then we’ll need to try and make it up this winter.

“Water levels are really low. Usually I wouldn’t be hoping for a winter with a lot of snow but this year I’m actually hoping for a lot of snow,” said Cristi Lindblom of Cummington.

“Long term if we have any kind of a winter these plants are going to suffer. They lost root mass over the summer months due to the drought and if we have a cold winter with a lot of wind and a lot of sun rhododendrons, azaleas in particular are going to suffer,” said Dan Ziomek, the nursery manager at Hadley Garden Center.

Ziomek says ideally an inch of rain a week right now would be beneficial. Some good news, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor the drought conditions haven’t gotten any worse over the last week. The area of extreme drought conditions has gotten smaller but does continue for parts of eastern Hampshire and eastern Franklin Counties.

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