NRCS: Recent Snowstorms Did Not Have A Big Impact On Idaho Snowpack

The snowstorms of mid-April and early-May dropped a lot of snow in the higher elevations across Idaho, but according to the NRCS, those storms didn’t greatly impact the drought and water situation across the state. Corey Loveland with NRCS-Idaho said the state had already seen a large portion of the snowpack melt off, meaning what […]

Pasture & Rangeland Conditions Near Record Levels

It is the lowest US pasture and rangeland conditions in the 21st century. “This breaks the record that was set just last year.  And previously our lowest spring pattern rangeland conditions occurred in the wake of the great 2012 drought in the Spring of 2013.” USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says that’s despite improvements in the […]

Five More Idaho Counties Declared Disaster Areas By The USDA

On Thursday, the USDA designated five Idaho counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas. Because of this weeks’ designation, Blaine, Butte, Caribou, Custer and Fremont counties are eligible for emergency credit from the FSA. The funds can be used to meet various recovery needs, such as replacing essential items, livestock equipment and operation reorganization. FSA will […]

Drought Conditions Unchanged After Wet Week

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 […]

Several NW Counties Designated As Disaster Areas

On Tuesday, the USDA designated a host of counties across the Pacific Northwest as Primary Natural Disaster areas due to drought conditions. Idaho counties that were designated include: Ada Canyon Cassia Clark Elmore Idaho Owyhee Payette Washington   Meanwhile, in Oregon, the USDA designated the following counties: Baker Coos Curry Douglas Gilliam Grant Harney Jackson […]

Irrigation Season Could Be Challenging In Idaho

As the month of March comes to a close, the Idaho snowpack is not in good shape. According to the latest numbers from NRCS, the statewide snowpack is below average. North Idaho is the closest to “normal”, but basins are only 88% to 91% of average for this time of year. And the basin numbers […]

Drought Will Continue in the Western U.S.

A severe drought has gripped western parts of the U.S. since the middle of 2020, and NOAA says the drought will likely persist or worsen in the spring due to above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation. NOAA’s spring outlook says dry conditions will likely heighten the risk of wildfires across the Southwest and Southern Plains and […]

ISDA: As Weather Warms Don’t Transport Aquatic Invasive Species

With weather warming up across the Pacific Northwest, the state of Idaho has relaunched their watercraft inspection stations across the Gem state. These check points are located at busy intersections in an effort to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species such as muscles and weeds. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s Lloyd Knight said […]

Oregon Extremely Dry As Winter Starts To Draw To A Close

It is incredibly dry across the Pacific Northwest. The latest drought numbers from USDA show over 16% of Oregon is under a D-4 or Exceptional Drought. Meanwhile half or the state is under a D-3, or Extreme Drought, and 76% of the state is classified as D-2, a Severe Drought. In fact, only 5% of […]