The plants and trees were desperate for water, and while this wasn't enough to fix that it sure helps to not have the soils as dust, and the leaves drooping.
On the upside, more storms are possible and a National Weather Service Advisory promises to help us not reach the temperature highs of the last few days.
THERE IS A LOW RISK FOR LOCALIZED URBAN AND POOR DRAINAGE FLOODING ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL DEVELOP ACROSS WESTERN AREAS DURING THIS AFTERNOON...THEN PUSH EAST TONIGHT. THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL IS EXPECTED ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL AND WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS INTO NORTHERN CONNECTICUT.
This means that we should end up with a livelier and happier forest by the time we are done with the series of passing storms, even assuming we only get a few of the possible showers predicted.
Trailhead Conditions at Cascading Waters:
Temperature is 72 degrees and steady;
Humidity is 86% and steady;
Pressure is 29.77" of Hg and steady;
Skies are overcast;
Wind is still;
Cascades are dry;
The Cascades Brook is also dry;
USFS Fire Danger Class is LOW.
National Weather Service Forecast:
A chance of showers before 11am,
then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 2pm,
then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm.
Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 75.
Northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 60%.
New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.