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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Franklin, Walla Walla Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas

On Thursday, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Washington’s Franklin and Walla Walla counties as primary natural disaster area. That means producers in those two counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for emergency FSA loans. Thursday’s designation came just a day after the FSA announced they would permit emergency haying and […]

Emergency Haying, Grazing Permitted In Several Central Washington Counties

Because of the growing drought severity across Central Washington, and the fact the CRP primary nesting season ended July 1st, the Washington State FSA Committee has approved the use of emergency haying and grazing of CRP in Kittitas, Yakima, Grant and Franklin counties. Producers who are interesting in applying for this option should contact their […]

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, […]