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 […]

Revell: The Roza Irrigation District Is Prepared For Possible COVID Impacts

2020 was a very busy year for the Roza Irrigation District, and it looks like that trend will continue into the New Year. District Manager Scott Revell said they spent roughly $2.5 million to enclose area lateral canals, while also putting the finishing touches on a four year project to clean out the 95-mile long […]

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 […]

La Niña Punch May Not Be Felt During December

The month of December is off to a great start when it comes to snowpack across Washington, thanks to a very active and wet November. And with La Niña in motion, we should see a lot more snow in the coming weeks. Or will we? Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said the […]

Washington Starts Snow Season On A Solid Note

Much to the chagrin of holiday travelers, the higher elevations of Washington have already enjoyed a healthy amount of snow, only a few weeks into the season. According to Scott Pattee with NRCS, the statewide snowpack is at 136% of average. He said it’s good for a variety of reasons to get this much snow […]

Yakima Water Rights Completely Restored

On Thursday, the Bureau of Reclamation announced that not only will senior water rights holder in the Yakima Basin get their full allotment of water; but in addition, junior water rights holders will receive up to 100% of their water. Reclamation’s decision was based on the July total water supply forecast which showed considerable improvement […]

Reclamation: Yakima Junior Water Rights Unchanged

Very little changed from May to June, when it comes to the water entitlements in the Yakima basin. According to the Bureau of Reclamation, senior water rights will be fully satisfied at this point, while junior water rights will receive an estimated 92% of the entitlements this irrigation season; up slightly from the 91% announced […]

NW Drought Numbers Continue To Increase

It continues to dry out across the Northwest. According to the latest USDA numbers, only 29% of Washington is where it should be soil moisture wise for this time of year. More than 28% of the state is under a D-1, or Moderate Drought designation, while over 12% is under a Severe Drought. Meanwhile in […]

Reclamation: Nearly All Water Rights Will Be Met

The irrigation season is underway, and it’s starting on the right foot across Central Washington. According to the Bureau of Reclamation’s April Water Supply Forecast, senior water rights holders in the Yakima basin will get their full supply. Junior rights holders will get 96% of their entitlement this season. “March precipitation, at 42% of normal, […]