Washington Snowpack Well Above Average For This Time Of Year

Thanks to a band of several storms last month, the Washington snowpack is in great shape for early March. Scott Pattee with NRCS said it’s been a long time since Washington has seen a statewide numbers like this. “You know, this snowpack is going to take us into spring in really tiptop shape.  So, pretty […]

Northwest Water Year In Good Shape

After weeks of weather that didn’t feel like winter, the chill of season has returned. Temperatures, specifically the overnight lows, have cooled off considerably compared to the numbers we saw just a few days ago. When it comes to precipitation, the past couple of days have been quiet across the northwest. But, according to meteorologist […]

After Dry December Washington Snowpack Rebounds To Start New Year

Despite a roller-coaster of weather systems that saw a wet November and dry December, the Washington snowpack is in good shape for early January. Scott Pattee with NRCS said several rounds of precipitation over the New Year’s holiday was a welcomed sign after a very quiet second half of December. “The quality of snow is […]

World Wheat Supply Continues To Increase

The global wheat supply continues to move higher. “We increase world wheat production [in December’s USDA global supply and demand estimates] again by about 1.3 million tons and that would put global production at a new record,” said World Agriculture Economic Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekanowski. He added a variety of factors led to the […]

La Niña Has Yet To Make Presence Known

We may be under a La Niña weather pattern, but you wouldn’t know it looking at the lack of snow and the warm temperatures we’ve see across the Northwest this month. Marilyn Lohmann with the National Weather Service said the month of December has been so dry, that much of the area is at least […]

Oregon Snowpack Good, Not Great, For This Time Of Year

The statewide snowpack in Oregon is currently sitting at 102% of average, but the devil is in the details. Scott Oviatt with NRCS in Oregon said some areas that typically see very little snow have already seen more snow that average, which makes these early numbers deceptive. As far as the snow totals go basin […]

2020 Ranks In The Top Five Of Acres Burned

If you were to rank this year, in terms of acreage burned by wildfires nationwide, where would it sit? “So far in 2020 we’ve gotten above 9.5 million acres. And currently looking at the modern statistics this ranks # 4,” according to USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. “So if you go back to the previous modern years […]

Northwest Remains Very Dry

Despite recent rain and snow showers, the Northwest remains very dry. The latest topsoil numbers from the USDA have 92% of the state of Oregon Abnormally Dry, 84% under a Moderate Drought, 69% of the state under a D-2, or Severe Drought, while nearly 30% of the state is under a D-3 or Extreme Drought. […]

Rippey: Planting Is Outpacing Emergence

When it comes to next year’s winter wheat crop, the USDA says planting is complete in most areas with the exception of areas that are traditionally planted later, such as some stretches of the Northwest. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, 93% of winter wheat is in the ground nationally, slightly higher than the five-year […]

Cold Weather Hits The Northwest

The old springtime saying in the Northwest is, if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change. Well, that apparently works for the fall of 2020. National Weather Service meteorologist Marilyn Lohman said temperatures were up in the upper 60s and even low 70s a week ago, and then very cold […]