Half of Oregon suffering severe drought

Hot temps and dry conditions continue across the state

Half of Oregon suffering severe drought
More than half of Oregon is in moderate to severe drought.

As we get deeper into the summer months, rain amounts will become a bit more scarce and we start to notice our lush landscape turn a bit more brown and golden.

So far, for the month of July we are bone dry with 0.0” of rainfall and little, if any, rain is expected in the near future. On average, July is Portland’s driest month coming in with average rainfall of 0.65” followed by August at .067” of rain.  So far since Oct 1 Portland’s rain total is 28.91” and normal as of July 1 should be at 33.24,”

PDX Monthly Rain Total Since October

As of today, the US Drought Monitor has 94% of Oregon as “Abnormally Dry,” 72% under a “Moderate Drought,” and 14% in a ‘Severe Drought.”

 

Yellow: Abnormally Dry  Peach: Moderate Drought Orange: Severe Drought Red: Extreme Drought
Yellow: Abnormally Dry Peach: Moderate Drought Orange: Severe Drought Red: Extreme Drought

Looking ahead, monsoonal moisture will continue to move over the U.S, where areas could receive thunderstorms dropping anywhere from a .10” to 1.0” of rainfall in isolated areas. The graphic below provided by the Climate Prediction Center shows ample moisture over the southwest U.S., where the Pacific Northwest is expected to receive below average precipitation in the next 8-14 days.

 

Below average rain for northwest expected in the 8-14 day outlook
Below average rain for northwest is expected in the 8-14 day outlook

 

Since drier and warmer weather is expected through the rest of the summer, all of us need to have our guard up we start to get in the heart of fire season.

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