Drought warning issued for western Massachusetts

80-percent of the state is still in historic drought conditions

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – One thing that hasn’t been seen in the sky lately is rain. At least, not enough of it. Drought conditions continue to linger across parts of western Massachusetts.

In fact, they’ve gotten worse. The Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs recently declared a Drought Warning for most of the state.

While parts of the state did receive some rainfall last month…many locations are running more than 10 inches below average for the year.

Storm team meteorologist, Adam Strzempko explains how Mother Nature can help. “We’d love to have an inch of two of steady rain, soaking rain that would soak in. We really don’t want a heavy down pour like we would get in the summer with the thunderstorms, because a lot of that runs off. But an all-day rain, where it just rains and soaks into the ground, would be beneficial.”

80-percent of the state is still in historic drought conditions. The Cape and the Islands is the only place the drought is not as severe.