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Drought still a concern in state

Above-normal May rainfall not enough, report says

RITZVILLE — Despite slightly above-normal rainfall in the region, federal officials are holding steady on their drought declaration heading into June.

According to a NOAA water-year report released last week, May precipitation was above normal by 3%. But for the water year beginning in October, it’s only 91% of normal.

Streamflow forecasts for June through September range from 77% of normal to 102%, according to the analysis.

The drought status remains in place because winter snowfall across much of the Pacific Northwest was “severely lacking,” the report said, noting the snowpack also melted...


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