Drought conditions have gotten worse across western Massachusetts

A Drought Warning remains in effect for almost the entire state

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts finally got a good soaking rain earlier this week but it didn’t take long before the sunshine was back out as our historic drought continues.

Last week the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued a Drought Warning that includes almost the entire state.

The Quabbin Reservoir, which is at its lowest level since 2002, is now being used to help other cities and towns.

“Overall we supply over 52 communities, we actually, during this drought picked up a few more. We’re supplying Worcester and Cambridge now which are not usually connected because of their low water levels,” said Bill Pula the director of the Quabbin Reservoir.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor that came out Thursday now has most of Hampden and Hampshire Counties in the extreme drought category. Most of the area is experiencing rainfall deficits of more than 10 inches below average for the year to date.

And now our long running drought is expected to last right through the winter.

“Yeah snow in the mountains would really help the rivers that are coming down through the southern part of New England so if there is not a lot of snow in New England over the winter time we will be right through our drought in the spring time,” said Dave Maloney of Stratham, NH.

The ongoing drought is the worst in more than a decade.

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