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1st Time in 7 Years Oregon is Completely Drought Free

Thanks to this winters epic snowfall in the Pacific Northwest Oregon is completely drought free since 2011 and Washington state is pretty close behind!

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Punxsutawney Phil Makes Annual Forecast On Groundhog Day
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The Groundhog Saw His Shadow, but Will He be Right?

We all know what Groundhog Day is. Every February 2nd we bring our friend Punxsutawney Phil out of his home in hopes that we will have some warm weather on the horizon, but he is not the only one we ask. There are Groundhog Day celebrations all around the country, so what do the other guys say?

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See the Crazy, Confusing Reason Columbia River Water Can’t Be Used in Drought

After the drought left farmers and homeowners frustrated last summer many wondered why we couldn't pull more water out of the Columbia River. A news analysis of proposed bills gives a disturbing insight into the process.

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The Imperial Valley
2016 could bring more dry conditions like 2015 (Getty Images)
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2015 Drought Could Be Felt Again in 2016

With some irrigation districts only able to supply as little as 40, 45 or 47% of water normally allocated to farmers in Southeastern Washington, farmers and water suppliers are already preparing for what is expected to be a repeat of this year, in 2016.

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Kennewick Irrigation District
Kennewick Irrigation District (KID)
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No More Extra ‘Spot Watering’ for KID Irrigation Customers – Water Levels Plummet

Wednesday, the Kennewick Irrigation District issued the word that spot watering will no longer be permitted for it's residential customers.

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Lower Valley, Wapato area facing water crisis
Lower Valley, Wapato area facing water crisis (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage for Getty Images.)
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Farmers Face Accusations of Stealing Yakima River Water

It's starting to sound like a cloak-and-dagger mystery, but it's deadly serious. If you thought we had it bad in Tri-Cities, up the Lower Valley, it's getting worse.

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yakima river
yakima river (Bureau of Land Management)
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Yakima River Drops, More Irrigation Limitations Imposed

The record heat wave in the Columbia Basin is not helping the Kennewick Irrigation District or other water suppliers, new limitations have been placed on water use.

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2015 Washington fire danger expected to be high.
2015 Washington fire danger expected to be high. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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No Surprise, 2015 Fire Danger Expected To Be High

Many experts say the drought conditions will not help.

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Highway 224 brush fire
Highway 224 brush fire (Benton County Fire District 4)
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Brush Fire Near Red Mountain Calls Attention to Fire Season

A drought situation and sudden influx of warm temperatures has focused attention on what is expected to be a dry fire season in the Mid Columbia.

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We could be facing even drier conditions this year.
We could be facing even drier conditions this year. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage for Getty Images.)
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El Nino Could Worsen Drought in Washington State

As if it wasn't bad enough facing mandatory watering schedules, potential shortages for growers and other water related issues, now a common weather pattern could make the 2015 drought even tougher.

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