Latest Drought Monitor Maps

Mar 07, 2015 Comments Off on Latest Drought Monitor Maps by

Here in Central Oregon, we are in Moderate to Severe Drought.  Winter snowpack is lacking, though reservoirs should fill in the spring. We are worried that there will be insufficient snowpack to provide water for the fisheries through the last part of summer.

NEWS:

March 14, 2015: California water supplies have been dropping steadily since 2002, and scientists say the state has only one more year of water left in the reservoirs, with groundwater supplies rapidly disappearing.

March 7, 2015: The recent winter storm had minimal effects on the drought.  Slight improvement across the board, but you’d have to have really sharp eyes to notice any difference on the maps.
Feb.. 19, 2015:
The drought monitor site stated today that snowpacks in Washington, Oregon, California and Utah are in the bottom 5% of historical reporting.
Feb. 15, 2015: Drought damaging Bay Area Delta fishery and salmon runs
Feb. 10, 2015:  Central Oregon snow since Jan. 1st:  2015: 30 inches / 2014: 237 inches.  
Feb. 6, 2015:  Rain event ending today for N.Cal. 3-6 inches and flooding
Jan. 30, 2015:  California on track for driest January in recorded history.
Dec. 30, 2014:  Anchorage, Alaska– NO days below zero degrees in 2014.

 

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Map prior to the major rain event/ (Dec. 9, 2014)

droughtmap_dec9-2014-600

First major fall rain eases severe drought in northern California. (Dec. 16, 2014)

droughtmap_dec16-2014-600

Jan. 27  – drought expanding in northern California and southern  Texas.  Significant drought increases in eastern Utah, western Colorado and southern Wyoming.droughtmap_jan27

February 10, 2015 – despite an intense rain storm and flooding in California and Oregon, only the far NW corner of California shows improvement.  Then entire west coast has abnormal to extreme drought.  Alaska has been unbelievably warm and snowless.
droughtmap-FEB10-2015

 

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