Tag Archives: Drought

Early season snowfall, precipitation lagging across Oregon

A dry start to the fall season is raising some concerns among state water managers about the possibility of drought returning to Oregon, especially in the Rogue and Umpqua river basins. Overall precipitation is measuring well below normal for the water year that began Sept. 30, according to the latest water conditions report from the […]
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Too early to worry about low precipitation in Central Oregon

A few good storms could help fill reservoirs, bring Central Oregon back to par. Precipitation in the Upper Deschutes and Crooked river area since Oct. 1, the start of the water year, is not quite half of the average, according to recent data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. According to the conservation service’s Oregon […]
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Dry Conditions Cause Worry About Salmon Runs, Fires

Conditions are dry in southern Oregon. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that with streams running at a trickle, fish biologists are worried about access for spawning salmon. Fire officials have asked the public to avoid outdoor burning until it rains. Source: Dry Conditions Cause Worry About Salmon Runs, Fires | Oregon News | US […]
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No rain November? Monitoring possible Oregon drought conditions

So far, there’s been no rain for the month of November, and we may have a hard time getting to our monthly average. Improvements are the name of the game when it comes to chipping away at our drought conditions, and that is what we did the last two months; however, it may have been […]
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Irrigation For Farming Could Leave Many Of The World’s Streams And Rivers Dry 

Something odd is happening to streams and rivers on the high plains of Kansas and Colorado. Some have disappeared. “We would go and visit these streams, and in many cases it’s like a dirt bike channel. It’s no longer functioning as a stream,” says Joshuah Perkin, a biologist at Texas A&M University who studies the fish that […]
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Western Oregon conifers continue to show damage from drought

Despite this year’s mild summer, conifers in Oregon are still getting hit hard by several years of drought. Here’s how to keep your trees healthy. Source: Western Oregon conifers continue to show damage from drought – oregonlive.com

Dry July weather leads to dry August, bad wildfire season predicted

Two grass fires burned along Battle Creek Road in South Salem on Monday, prompting road closures and a flurry of firefighting activity. The first was a two-alarm grass fire around noon. Units responded to the fire quickly, and contained it to a field in the 2400 block of Baxter Road, near Woodscape Park Pathway. Source: Dry July weather […]
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Drought, high temperatures are killing Oregon’s native trees

Oregon’s iconic Douglas firs are declining as the state’s summers have grown hotter and drier. Drought also is killing grand fir, and may be contributing to declines in Western red cedar and bigleaf maple. Source: Drought, high temperatures are killing Oregon’s native trees

Drought loosens its hold on Oregon this year

While parts of western Washington are already grappling with severe drought heading into the summer, Oregon appears to be in better shape than last year. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 17% of the state is in some stage of drought, compared to more than 90% at this time a year ago. Source: Drought loosens […]
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Central Oregon fire suppression, drought increasing mortality among trees

Without wildfire, forest density rises and competition for water increases. Dry winters and long periods of drought, combined with fire suppression, are affecting the health of Central Oregon trees, particularly the junipers of the High Desert, according to an Oregon State University forester. Nicole Strong, a forestry and natural resources extension agent for OSU, described […]
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