Drought numbers across the Pacific Northwest continue to move in the wrong direction. According to the latest USDA numbers, Washington’s D-4, or Exceptional Drought designation jumped from 6% of the state to nearly 28% this week; an increase of nearly five times. Most of that growth occurred in the southern and central part of the state. In addition, the D-3, or Extreme Drought designation in Washington also increased.


When it comes to Oregon the Exceptional Drought designation jumped from 7% of the state last week to 17% this week. The Extreme Drought numbers also increased this week in Oregon.

When looking at Idaho, currently 11% of the state is under an Exception Drought designation, much of which is in the central part of the state as well as the panhandle. Also in Idaho, the D-3 designation climbed from 32% of the state last week to 47% this week.


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