2020 One Of The Worst Wildfire Years On Record

In case you needed another reason to be happy that 2020 is behind us. “It appears that a modern U.S. record has been set for wildfire acreage during the extraordinarily active western wildfire season of 2020,” USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey recently said. He noted this really should not come as a surprise, after what we […]

Dry Conditions Expected To Continue Across Eastern Oregon

After a dry second half of December, the rain and snow the northwest saw over the holiday weekend was a welcomed sight for many. And according to meteorologist Marilyn Lohmann with the National Weather Service, a weather pattern that will be leaving the area in the coming days. Lohmann said the storms over the New […]

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. […]

Driest Fields Reported In Western U.S.

When taking a look at the latest picture of pasture and rangeland conditions nationwide, USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey said fields continue to dry out. “Conditions across the country relatively steady as we head toward the end of the season. 43% of the pasture and rangeland rated very poor to poor, 20% good to excellent, and […]

2019/2020 Water Year Very Dry For Central Washington

The new water year started Thursday October 1st, and for many across central Washington, the hope is this water year will be better than the last. Marilyn Lohammn meteorologist with the National Weather Service said while the past 12 months were dry for many in the Northwest, it was extremely dry for those living just […]

Extreme Drought Declared In Washington, Expanding In Oregon

The results of a long, hot, dry summer became official Thursday, as the USDA declared an Extreme Drought, or D-3 designation for Central Washington, stretching from Okanogan County to the Oregon border. National Weather Service Meteorologist Marilyn Lohmann said the new designation follows the rain shadow created by the Cascades. “Even through that area does […]

Hot Weather Expected Over Next Two Weeks

The last couple of weeks have been relatively cool across the Inland Northwest. And those below average temperatures have been good news for drought conditions. But things are going to change over the next couple of days. Marilyn Lohman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said temperatures are going to climb into the 90’s with […]

Because Of Drying Conditions, Several Oregon Counties Eligible For Emergency Loans

On Wednesday, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue designated three Oregon counties, Grant, Harney and Lake, as primary natural disaster areas. That means producers in those three counties who suffered losses due to recent drought, may be eligible for FSA emergency loans. In addition, contiguous Oregon counties of Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Klamath, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and […]

Despite Damp Conditions, Much Of Inland Northwest Remains Dry

For many across the Inland Northwest, June continued the weather pattern established in late May of a few days of warm weather, followed by showers and a drop in temperatures, and then the cycle starts again. Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service says while much of the first ten days of June have […]

Dry Conditions Continue To Spread Across The Northwest

The latest figures from the USDA show that the Northwest is drying out. Currently most of western Washington OK, and portions of Spokane and Asotin counties are on par with their soil moisture levels for this time of year. Outside of that, much of the Evergreen state is under some type of drought designation. Currently, […]