Glenn Vaagen – Washington Ag Network – After 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.