The Berkshire Eagle reports it has been 17 days and counting since the last measurable rainfall in the Berkshires, and those Sept. 10 showers amounted to less than half an inch. But relief is on the horizon, according to the anxious forecasters at the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y.

The U.S. Drought Monitor's latest report still places most of Berkshire County in the "abnormally dry" category, though the southeastern hill towns remain in a more significant "moderate drought."

Much of Massachusetts and the rest of New England are suffering from a moderate to severe drought. Nearly half of the state's 351 cities and towns have imposed mandatory or recommended water conservation measures.

But relief is on the horizon, according to the anxious forecasters at the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y.

For us, "much-needed rain is on the way, according to "Climatologist Ingrid Amberger who is predicting, thanks to the leading edge of colder air and a related wet weather system passing through the Berkshires Tuesday night into Wednesday.

A soaking rainfall of an inch to an inch and a half is expected, per the government forecast, while AccuWeather sees nearly two inches as the grand total for the week ahead.