Western Massachusetts saw more rain in 2017

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Well it’s not so bad talking about rain now that we’ve had a little break from it.

Over the past few decades, Springfield has been experiencing more days with heavy rain.

According to Climate Central, in 2017, we saw three more days with a half-inch of rain compared to 1950, and almost two more days with a full inch of rain.

When it comes to days with 2 inches of rain, it’s stayed pretty steady. Doesn’t sound like much, but the trend will continue to increase in the future.

More days with rain is not what people want, they want the nice break of sunshine we saw this week.

One Holyoke resident spoke to 22News about how much he’s enjoyed the past few sunny days.

Scott Moricz told 22News, “Great. It feels really good. The rain has been pretty debilitating and you know, depressing, and um it’s an opportunity to get out with my dog and uh catch some rays and… it’s just great.”

Heavy precipitation events are increasing in all regions of the U.S. The reason is simple. Scientifically, as the air continues to warm, it can hold more moisture, and moisture is fuel for rain. And heavier rain means more flooding.

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