July 2020 will be one to remember across most of the Inland Northwest. We saw record or near record heat across the Northwest, with some locations reporting temperatures during that four day heat wave above 110 degrees. The hot weather and dry conditions have already had an impact on area soil conditions.
“Statewide, the amount of top soil moisture that went from short to very short increased by 6% again this week, so those dry areas are really kind of compounding.”
Lohmann said while she’s not expecting rain anytime soon, temperatures are expected to cool in the coming week, which could help remove some of the stress on area soil conditions. Lohmann said a Low Pressure systems will move in Thursday, bring cooler temperatures, but also isolated thunderstorms, increasing the likelihood of wildfires.
In the weeks ahead, Lohmann says cooler temperatures, and perhaps even rain showers can bee expected, but that may not happen until the second half of August.
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