Despite all of the rain and even snow the region received over the past week, conditions remain very dry. According to the latest drought numbers from the USDA, Oregon’s soil moisture numbers remained unchanged this week. Data released Thursday shows, over 90% of the state is Abnormally Dry for this time of year, with over half of Oregon under a D-3, or Extreme Drought, and 17% of the state under a D-4 or Exceptional Drought. The worst drought conditions were reported in central Oregon, stretching from the Klamath Falls area north toward the Columbia River.
The soil moisture conditions held steady in Washington, with roughly 55% of the state Abnormally Dry for this time of year, and near 7% under an Extreme Drought designation. Idaho was the only state where drought figures changed week over week. While the percentage of the state considered Abnormally Dry decreased slightly [92%], the amount of Idaho under the D-3 or Extreme Drought designation grew to nearly 7%.
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