Drought

Northwest Drought
4:22 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Drought Conditions Expand Across Inland Northwest

Droughtmonitor.unl.edu.

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 4:19 pm

Federal agencies have expanded how much of the Northwest they think is suffering from drought.

An updated map released Thursday shows 88 percent of Idaho's territory is now categorized in moderate to severe drought. Just over half of Oregon is similarly parched. Washington state is faring better with just a sliver of land on the Idaho border classified in drought conditions.

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Northwest Dry Spell
5:56 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Northwest Dry Spell Almost At An End

Forecasters say some coastal mountain areas in the Northwest could see up to eight inches of rain this weekend.
Satellite image courtesy National Weather Service

The streak of dry weather in much of the Northwest is about to come to a soggy end. A weather system fueled by subtropical moisture is bearing down on the region.

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Northwest Wheat Farming
6:20 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Northwest Farmers Plant Wheat In Dust, Hope For Rain

Most of us may be enjoying the fall sunshine, but Northwest wheat farmers are instead wishing for a little rain. Correspondent Anna King caught up with one Northwest wheat grower in the vast Horse Heaven Hills near Prosser, Washington.

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American West's "Megadrought"
4:19 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Study: "Megadrought" The New Normal In The West

This tower in a ponderosa pine forest near Sisters, Ore., gathers data on forest productivity and soil processes that influence the carbon dioxide and water vapor exchange with the atmosphere.
Beverly Law

The drought that hit the West from 2000-2004 is not only the worst in 800 years, but it could be the new “normal."  That’s according to new research in the journal Nature Geoscience.

You’d have to go back to the middle ages to find a period as dry as 2000-2004 in the American West. Snowpack decreased. Crop productivity in much of the west went down by 5 percent. And that’s not the worst of it, the researchers say. Grasses, plants and trees suck up about 30 percent of our CO2 emissions in North America. In the Northwest, that percentage is even higher.

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Grain Prices
5:59 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Northwest Farmers Cash In On Strong Grain Prices During Drought

Owner Todd Ray, of SS Equipment, says his sales are up 20 percent from about two years ago. He owns ten New Holland tractor dealerships in Washington and Oregon. Ray attributes the uptick to higher commodity prices.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

Drought that’s sizzling the rest of the nation has largely left the Northwest states alone. Furthermore, the Midwest’s farmers’ misfortune is actually benefiting farmers here. That’s because grain prices are raising because of the Heartland’s decimated yields. Correspondent Anna King has this report from central Washington’s grain country.

Wheat stubble, grain elevators and whole lot of wide open – that’s Connell, Washington.

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Strong Northwest Farming Industry
5:43 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Northwest Ag Industry Cashing In On Strong Grain Prices, Yields

Todd Ray is the owner of 10 New Holland dealerships in Washington and Oregon. His overall tractor and equipment sales are up 20 percent from two years ago at about this time.
Anna King Northwest Public Radio

Drought that’s sizzling the rest of the nation has largely left the Northwest states alone. Furthermore, the Midwest’s farmers’ misfortune is actually benefiting farmers here. That’s because grain prices are going up because of the Heartland’s decimated yields. Meanwhile, many Northwest farmers crops are above average.

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Water Shortage
7:13 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Fast Snowmelt Could Spell Water Shortage For Klamath Farmers

The bureau of reclamation is predicting a water shortage in Oregon’s Klamath basin. The federal water agency has asked Klamath farmers to consider idling their land. Amelia Templeton reports.

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