Massachusetts declared a state-wide drought earlier this summer, but geologists are proving the drought has been ongoing for awhile. In a 20-month stretch from January 2015 to August 2016, the average precipitation was in decline for all but six months.
Boston had a record-breaking snowfall in the winter of 2015, but when that snowfall was measured by liquid precipitation, it was only marginally above a historical average.
The current drought conditions are expected to last until at least November, possibly December, but many geologists say the state has experienced worse droughts before. The question becomes about the future - will the months between March and November be consistently drier than the previous year's season?