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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Washington’s Snowpack Continues To Shrink

The snowpack in the higher elevations of Washington continues to dwindle. According to Scott Pattee with NRCS-Washington, the statewide average is 85% of normal for this time of year. And he noted the current problem is the same issue the mountains have experienced since mid-February; a lack of precipitation. “We just haven’t been getting the […]

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 […]

Will 2021s Heat Impact 2022s Pest Pressures?

As the Pacific Northwest gears up for another growing season, many have wondered what, if any impact the extreme heat of 2021 will have on the year head. Washington State University’s Dr. Tim Waters said there was no doubt last year’s heat, which saw temperatures into the high 110’s had an impact on pest populations. […]

Washington’s Snowpack May Not Be As Great As Many Think

Despite the recent winter storms that have hit the Pacific Northwest, the snowpack across Washington is not extraordinary by any stretch of the imagination. Scott Pattee with NRCS Washington said the statewide snowpack is 113% of average for this time of year, which he said sounds good, but he was quick to point out western […]

PNW Remains Very Dry

It may be winter, but the Pacific Northwest is still dealing with serious drought conditions. According to the latest drought monitor numbers published late last week, nearly 19% of Oregon is under a D-4, or Exceptional Drought. Meanwhile over 63% is under a D-3, or Extreme Drought. While those numbers are week-over-week improvements, it shows […]

Cold Weather Expected As The Region Prepares To Welcome In 2022

Tuesday was the first full day of winter, which gives us an opportunity to look back on the fall of 2021. “Fall was generally mild with temperatures about two to four degrees above normal and while we had some heavy rain events in November and early December, October was pretty dry, so it evens out […]