West coast Drought
Statewide total March and April precipitation ranks as the driest on record for Idaho, 2nd driest for Oregon, 3rd driest for Montana, and 4th driest for Washington since 1895.
There are also long-term precipitation deficits within the region. Specifically, the Lower Columbia Basin in Washington, southern Oregon east of the Cascade crest, and south central Idaho have 2-year precipitation totals that are only 50%–70% of normal.
As the region turns to its dry season, above-normal temperatures—which can impact evaporative demand—are forecasted as well as dry conditions with the exception of areas slightly favoring an enhanced early Monsoon.
Drought impacts will continue to intensify and expand given a third dry year. Applying lessons learned from past droughts and drought preparedness are key.
Extreme and exceptional drought conditions to continue in the Intermountain West for the third summer in a row.
Upper Colorado River SWE is currently at 54% of median for this time of year with about a month left in the melt season.
Exceptional drought expanded in New Mexico, where the fire season is in full swing. With over 311,000 acres burned, the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Complex is now the largest in modern records for the state of New Mexico.