Drought Numbers Show Slight Improvement Across the PNW
Dry conditions continue for much of the Pacific Northwest. But for one state, soil moisture conditions have returned close to normal.
According to the latest USDA numbers, 34% of Washington is considered abnormally dry for this time of year. That is a dramatic improvement from three months ago when the entire state was at least abnormally dry, with many areas facing some kind of drought designation.
Unfortunately, Oregon continues to struggle in the soil moisture category. Roughly 83% of the state is considered abnormally dry for this time of year, with 39% of Oregon under a Severe Drought, or D-2, designation. On top of that, nearly 15% of the state is under an Exceptional or Extreme Drought.
The driest conditions continue to be found in central Oregon.
In Idaho, 97% of the state is abnormally dry, with 68% of the state under a Moderate Drought, and 12% under a Severe Drought designation.
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