Southern New England experiences unusually dry summer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Even though the dry weather this summer has been great for weekend plans, our lawns and gardens could sure use a little more rain.

While we’re not officially in a drought, many of us had to do a little extra watering this year since Mother Nature didn’t help us out too much.

The pitter patter of rain was a rarity this past summer. In fact, the drought monitor’s website categorizes much of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts as abnormally dry.

Other than the drenching from Arthur and a few other storms, the big rainmakers have been few and far between.

According to data collected from T.F. Green, June, July and August, known as the meteorological summer, totaled 8.65 inches of rain – almost 2 inches below normal. September so far hasn’t been much better. As of Sept. 10, we’ve only received 0.37 inches of rain, which is already an inch below where we should be on that date.

Determining why we’ve seen the dry summer is a complex issue. There have been plenty of storms in the Northeast, but a lot of the rain has fallen to our north and south – leaving us high and dry in Southern New England.

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