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Western Mass in Need of Some Rain

SPRINGFIELD, MASS (WGGB)- Things are getting a little dry across western Mass, in fact the’ve been dry since the start of the year. So far 2012 is on pace to be the warmest year on record both across the country and here in Massachusetts. (since 1895) However, it’s been a dry year too, here across western Mass. Having said that, last year was one of the wettest years on record. Since January things have changed dramatically. Up to this point we should have received about 24″ of rain however we’ve only see about 16″, with very little, if any rain so far in July.

The surplus from last year is certainly helping us out but plants and lawns could us a good soaking. Thanks to last year’s surplus rivers, lakes and streams are running just a little low and according to the U.S. Drought Monitor things are just starting to become dry.

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/monitor.html

Here are the month by month rainfall totals for 2012:

January: 3.05″ under .96″

February: 1.59″  under 1.68″

March: .96″ under 3.23″

April:  2.76″ under 1.53″

May:  3.80″ under .60″

June: 3.82″ under .32″

Dan Brown

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