Northwest Expected To See Drought Relief This Winter

As the United States migrates toward winter weather, drought will remain a problem. In fact, according to Mike Halpert, with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, the U.S. is experiencing the most widespread drought, across the continental U.S. since September 2013. He added right now 47% of the country is in some sort of drought.

“And the winter forecast doesn’t bode well for many of the areas around the nation currently experiencing drought.”

NOAA is predicting a winter in which the drought will expand and get worse with one notable exception.

“We expect drought relief during the winter across the Northwest,” noted USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “It will be a benefit for the white winter wheat crop as well as rangeland and pastures in the Northwest and the water supply situation..”

More storms that normal are expected to refill low reservoirs in across Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

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