Check it out: Drought Worsens in the Northwest

By Gabrielle Roesch-McNally

Conifer forests with trees surrounded by smoke.
Wildfires continue to burn across the region. Photo: Hallie Decime under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

The National Integrated Drought Information Systems, via Drought.gov, working with a team of Northwest stakeholders, have just put together and released a new Drought Status Update that highlights current drought conditions that are affecting the Northwest. In particular, they hone in on a few regional impacts that include:

  • Drought conditions and impacts to livestock and rangelands are worsening in Oregon; 93% and 92% of soils were reported to have poor and very poor moisture conditions in the September 16, 2018 USDA topsoil moisture report.
  • Low water supply conditions and low stream flows in Washington have resulted in voluntary or mandatory outdoor watering restrictions and impacts to junior water users.
  • Wildland fires continue to burn across the region as firefighters continue to work towards containment goals. Large wildfires are still being reported in Oregon (4), Washington (13), and Idaho (16).

Check out the details behind these conclusions in the complete Drought Status Update.