BOSTON (CBS) – I don’t assume this can come as a information flash to anybody, but it surely has been an exceptionally sizzling and dry summer time. In truth, for a lot of of our main cities and cities, the summer time of 2020 will go down within the report books as a prime ten sizzling and/or dry summer time on report.
A fast take a look at the present standings as of August 20, with lower than 2 weeks to go in meteorological summer time (standings are for the whole interval of June by way of August, clearly 2020 is lacking the ultimate week and a half).
Metropolis, Avg Temp, Rank
Boston 73.Three ninth
Worcester 72.Three 1st
Windfall 74.9 1st
Hartford 75.zero 1st
Metropolis, Precipitation, Rank
Boston 5.10″ 11th
Worcester 4.90″ 2nd
Windfall 4.98″ eighth
Hartford 3.03″ 1st
So, whereas this will have been a beachgoers dream summer time, it has been lower than fascinating for gardeners and chilly climate lovers. All that warmth and lack of rain have led to a severe water scarcity across the area. In truth, simply immediately, a big portion of Southern New England was positioned within the “extreme” drought class for the primary time this yr.
All six New England states noticed their general drought circumstances worsen within the final week. Now, over 25% of the State of Massachusetts is taken into account to be in extreme drought. The identical goes for greater than 20% of New Hampshire and over 45% of Maine.
This designation comes from sampling and observing of all kinds of things together with brief time period precipitation deficits, dry soils and low stream stream. Drought circumstances are thought of “short-term” as this has been happening for merely about 90 days, nonetheless rainfall deficits in lots of areas are between 4-8″ for 2020 (about 2-Three months’ price of rainfall).
Simply final week, the state of Massachusetts declared the State to be in “Stage 2 drought,” urging state and native officers to place renewed emphasis on water conservation.
So, what does this actually imply? Long run, very seemingly nothing. If you happen to look again at rainfall during the last a number of years, Boston and the encircling space has been fairly moist just lately, so the danger of a long-term severe drought could be very low.
Quick time period, there are some advantages to dry circumstances. Decrease mosquito populations and terrific out of doors eating circumstances are only a few of the perks. Nevertheless, if the dry circumstances persist effectively into the autumn, you’ll seemingly see many extra restrictions on our water provide. Fall could be considered one of our driest seasons right here in New England with a lot of the rainfall dependent upon tropical programs or their remnants passing by way of.
Lastly, so many lawns have turned brown. Let it go. By now, many lawns have gone dormant or just have died. There isn’t a lot you are able to do in the midst of August, within the warmth of summer time. You’d be losing your money and time attempting to reseed proper now. And, with the native water restrictions it will be practically inconceivable to offer the garden as a lot water because it wants.
Fall is at all times the very best time to reseed and replant for subsequent yr. The cool, fall air stimulates progress and hopefully we are going to get a extra common provide of rainfall to maintain the soil moisture extra fixed.