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Rainfall is welcomed as drought continues across state

This Oct. 4 map shows the drought conditions in the northeast.US Drought Monitor

Most of Massachusetts continues to face moderate to severe drought conditions, according to the US Drought Monitor.

As of Tuesday, the North Shore was experiencing extreme drought conditions, according to the monitor’s latest map.

As of Oct. 4, most of Massachusetts continued to face moderate to severe drought conditions.US Drought Monitor

Rain has been helping the situation, “resulting in modest drought reduction and improvements” in the Northeast, according to the National Weather Service.

In the past two days, several communities on the South Shore and Cape Cod received 2 inches of rain or more, including Duxbury (6.66 inches), Kingston (5.37 inches), Marshfield (4.78 inches), Pembroke (3.88 inches), and Sandwich (3.36 inches).

Suffolk County saw less rainfall, with Boston getting 1.21 inches and Chelsea receiving less an inch.


Drought has been widespread across the country. According to the monitor, over 40 percent of the contiguous United States has been facing moderate drought conditions, or worse, for more than two years.

“I’ve been involved with the Drought Monitor since the beginning and have seen a lot of U.S. droughts come and go,” Brad Rippey, a meteorologist with the US Department of Agriculture, said in a statement. “The drought of 2020-2022 really stands out for its longevity.”

“Clearly something is happening to U.S. and global weather and climate patterns before our very eyes,” Rippey said. “It’s a very exciting time, but also a scary time to be a meteorologist. We may not know exactly what will happen, but all evidence says we can expect more extremes, including drought, going forward.”

On Thursday, the state’s Drought Management Task Force provided recommendations on the state’s drought level classifications to the secretary of energy and environmental affairs, who will review their advice and release an updated assessment in the coming days, officials said.

Globe correspondent Jeremy C. Fox contributed to this report.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney and on Instagram @emilysweeney22.