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Drought Conditions Improve Across Oregon

20140218_OR_trdLINCOLN, Neb. – The US Drought Monitor released the latest data on drought conditions across the nation Thursday morning which shows improving conditions across much of Oregon.

According to the report, only 57 percent of Oregon is in severe drought, which is down from 77 percent just last week. The report also shows none of Oregon is experiencing extreme drought at this point, an improvement for nearly two percent of the state.

Most of the Willamette Valley is still in severe drought status, but most of the Coast and northern Cascades have improved from severe drought conditions to moderate drought conditions.

The improvement is thanks to the steady line of storms that have been streaming into western Oregon this month. Eugene is now up to 7.45″ so far this month. This is already more than any month in 2013 and the most we’ve seen since November of 2012. We’ve had three days this month with over an inch of precipitation (including the day when that was all snow) and we’ve only seen two days with no rain at all.

The next seven day stretch will contain some rainfall, but not nearly as much as what we’ve seen in the first 20 days this month.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a collaboration of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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