Dry tinderbox conditions raise concern about another drought

The Scituate Reservoir, Rhode Island’s principal drinking water supply. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

By The Associated PressĀ 

A lack of late-winter snow and dry spring weather is raising concern about another drought this summer in New England.

People are already being urged to conserve water in parts of western Massachusetts, and New Hampshire officials have warned of potential water shortages, as well.

The U.S. Drought Monitor indicates most of New England is already experiencing abnormally dry conditions or moderate drought.

The problem goes back to late winter. March is usually a snowy month but there was only a tenth of an inch in Portland, Maine, and a trace in Concord, New Hampshire.

The National Weather Service says the nor’easter on Friday didn’t bring enough precipitation to change the trend.