The Berkshires and all of New England are in the early stages of a drought.  The United States Drought Monitor, that tracks the amount of rainfall and other weather-related categories has declared Mass and all most of New England to be “Abnormally Dry” in their latest update released June 16th.

According to the United States Drought Monitor, Massachusetts was 73% abnormally dry.  In the previous week that percentage was considerably lower at 34%.  Overall New England saw the numbers increase from 9% two weeks ago to 31% last week.  Those numbers are sure to rise this week when the next report is due.

According to The United States Drought Monitor, the Northeast is in the “D0” (Abnormally Dry) category that will cause agriculture ponds and creek water tables to decline, cause the ground to harden and put stress on pastures and crops.

If the Northeast enters the next stage from D0 to D1 it will cause campfire and firework bans, lower cash crop growth and diminish yields, and seriously increase fire danger.

So far in 2020 only two months have been recorded to have average precipitation.

With temperatures today hitting 90+ degrees in the Berkshires, rain is needed to help local gardens, large crops as well as reduce the risk damaging fires.

According to AccuWeather, the chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm today is 40%.  Tonight, that percentage drops to 10%.  Tomorrow the temps in the Berkshires are expected to be in the high 80s, possibly topping out at 90 degrees under partly sunny skies.  Wednesday is the best chance of some heavy thunder storms with AccuWeather calling for a 70% chance of precipitation with the forecast calling for mostly cloudy skies and continued humid with a high in the lower 80s.

While summer officially began on Saturday, the Berkshires and all of New England are in need of consecutive days of rainfall to replenish water tables throughout the region.