Washington Continues to Dry Out, While Oregon Rebounds Nicely

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Glenn Vaagen – Washington Ag NetworkAfter months of Oregon experiencing dryer conditions than Washington, the two states have flipped.

According to the latest USDA figures, over 2/3 of Washington is considered Abnormally Dry, or a D0 (D-zero) designation.  Meanwhile, 10% of the state, primarily in North Central Washington is under a D1, or moderate drought, designation.  On top of that, the Washington Department of Ecology has declared droughts for three North Central Washington basins: the Upper Yakima, the Okanogan and the Methow.

Meanwhile spring rains have helped Oregon rebound nicely.  Over 82% of the state is on par for this time of year.  Roughly 17% of the state is considered abnormally dry, with much of that in the Northwest corner.

The good news stretches beyond Oregon.  Currently, nearly 86% of the U.S. is drought free, and California has been declared drought free for the first time since December 2011.  The U.S. had a record wettest six months of any year in 2018, and just had one of the top ten wettest January – March to start 2019.

Glenn VaagenWashington Ag Network, April 26, 2019