BOSTON (CBS) – No, you can’t imagine this unusual start to spring. March 2021 went into the record books associated with the most sunshine of the month, according to the Blue Hill Observatory.
Conversely, and as is to be expected, you will not have rain when the sun is shining. Boston registered just 1.89 “of rain, nearly 2.5” below the month’s average. This made March 2021 the 19th driest March in Boston.
If you’ve been pulling this out since January 1st, the year started at 7th place.
It should come as no surprise that unusually arid conditions have grown across the state and southern New England. Last week just over 50% of the Commonwealth had these arid conditions, but after that rock star last week, arid conditions have broadened. Now this value is over 75%.
“Unusually dry” conditions are a precursor to moderate drought. These areas can be on the way if the pattern doesn’t change. Keep in mind that Massachusetts spent most of the summer of 2020 in drought conditions, which resulted in water restrictions and bans.
Some cities experienced severe drought in September and October. The drought subsided in winter, but lately, rainfall deficits have been the norm.
In the forecast for the next week there is some rain, as a typical pattern for “April showers” sets in.
Hopefully we can at least squeeze out some rain, the deficit will not increase.