Despite the spring rains we saw across much of the Pacific Northwest, drought conditions continue for much of Central and Eastern Oregon. The water year officially ended in July, and Larry O’Neill, with the Oregon Climate Office, says conditions didn’t improve much in the last two months.
The drought of 2015 was catastrophic for Washington state last year. The ski resorts had no snow, the crops were thirsty and our lawns were dead and lets not forget about all the wild fires! Good news, it appears all that is over with for 2016!
We all know what Groundhog Day is. Every February 2nd we bring our friend Punxsutawney Phil out of his home in hopes that we will have some warm weather on the horizon, but he is not the only one we ask. There are Groundhog Day celebrations all around the country, so what do the other guys say?
After the drought left farmers and homeowners frustrated last summer many wondered why we couldn't pull more water out of the Columbia River. A news analysis of proposed bills gives a disturbing insight into the process.
Kennewick Irrigation's District Manager is advising all Tri-Cities residents to only water lawns twice per week for 30 minutes due to major drought conditions. In fact there may be NO water at times this summer