Citing projections that say this summer will have the lowest snowmelt in 64 years, Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded the state’s month-old drought emergency declaration.
The state is warning that Eastern Washington faces a run of dust storms and wildfires in coming months, thanks to a looming drought.
Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a drought emergency for three regions in Washington state.
Warm temperatures and a lack of snowfall in February have taken a toll on winter snowpack in the Cascade Mountains and other areas in the West, the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service said Wednesday.
The effects of climate change are far-reaching, affecting not only weather, but more critical parts of human life such as food.
Many parts of the U.S. have already broken records for snowfall and below zero temperatures while other parts have seen unseasonably warm temperatures.
Federal officials have designated five Idaho counties as natural disaster areas due to recent drought conditions.
So much rain and snow has fallen across Washington state in recent weeks that there’s little chance of a statewide drought being declared this year, water supply experts said Monday.
Officials monitoring lower than usual snowpack levels in the state say it’s not yet time to panic, but they’re nevertheless preparing in case of a possible drought.