LONG BEACH — In what may be a unique occurrence, Pacific County on Thursday was classified as being in “Severe Drought” by the National Drought Mitigation Center, a consortium led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In fact, all of Washington with the exception of parts of Cowlitz, Clark and Skamania counties moved into the severe classification in data posted online Thursday morning.

Northern portions of the Pacific Northwest were two-to-eight degrees above normal in the past week, the drought center said.

“The continued overall hot and dry conditions in the Pacific Northwest led to movement of the impact lines on this week’s map to reflect the short-term impacts being reported across the region. Hot and dry conditions during the past 60 days have impacted the region’s agricultural sectors, fisheries, and wildland fire conditions,” according to the center.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.