After drought, conditions returning to normal in western Massachusetts

Parts of region remain "abnormally dry"

Raindrops seen on the 22News Springfield Skycam.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Unlike last year, we have seen a good amount of rainfall this spring. Because of that rain, and the snow that we saw this winter, western Massachusetts has emerged from extreme drought conditions. Still, there are some places in the Pioneer Valley that are abnormally dry.

The United States Drought Monitor survey comes out every Thursday. The most recent one shows central and eastern portions of Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties in the “abnormally dry” category.

While we have come a long way since the height of the drought, the rain we are seeing Tuesday and are expecting Wednesday will still be welcome.

Average rainfall for the month of April is a little less than 4”, and so far, we have gotten a little more than 3”. Total rainfall amounts by the end of Wednesday will range anywhere from 0.5” to 1.5”.

To see whether we are expecting rain any other time this week, check out the latest 22News Storm Team 7-Day Forecast.

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