In Late October, Massachusetts' Drought Finally Lessens — Just A Drop

Drought conditions in Massachusetts. (Courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor)
Drought conditions in Massachusetts. (Courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor)

After months of dryness culminated in the worst drought Massachusetts has ever seen this summer, October rain — not "November Rain" — has been slowing improving the state's drought conditions.

A new report out by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the area of severe drought throughout the state is down 2 percent this week, from 87 percent to 85 percent.

In other good news, a small portion of the state is also now drought-free for the first time since mid-August.

However, 37 percent of the state is still in extreme drought.

WBUR's meteorologist David Epstein anticipated that despite a wet October, the state would remain in a drought. There is more rain on the way, though. Epstein's forecast out Thursday predicts that heavy rainstorms beginning in the afternoon — and dumping the most water overnight — could bring up to an inch of rain to the Greater Boston area.


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