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Parts of New England Upgraded to Extreme Drought



    necn Reporter Katherine Underwood details how drought conditions are affecting Smolak Farms in North Andover. (Published Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016)

    Since June 1, Boston has only received 3.02" of rainfall, making it the driest summer season so far since 1957.

    To put that into perspective, Boston averages at least nine inches of rainfall in a summer season.

    With the newly released Drought Monitor dispersed early Thursday, the Boston metro area along with parts of southern New Hampshire are now upgraded to an extreme drought.

    The rest of Massachusetts is included in a moderate to severe drought with nearly 6.4 million affected in total. On a state-by-state level, Massachusetts expanded its drought declaration, Connecticut continues its drought declaration, and now Rhode Island has issued a drought advisory.

    Drought Dries up Massachusetts Pond

    [NECN] Drought Dries up Massachusetts Pond
    With severe drought conditions around New England, one Massachusetts community needs more than a day's worth of rain to refill a popular pond. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016)

    As far as water restrictions, since Aug. 1, Massachusetts has had mandatory non-essential outdoor water use restrictions in place. These water restrictions were mainly in eastern and central Massachusetts.

    In the extended forecast, besides a passing shower in Connecticut and along the Cape through Friday, the rest of the area remains dry through the first half of the weekend. Sunday evening and Monday brings the next threat for thunderstorms, but these do not look substantial enough to drop nearly enough rainfall to alleviate the drought.

    Area Trees Struggle to Survive in Drought Conditions

    [NECN]  Area Trees Struggle to Survive in Drought Conditions
    Area trees are struggling to survive as parts of New England deal with drought conditions. (Published Monday, Aug. 15, 2016)

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