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While we may be in a drought, the West is experiencing one of the worst droughts ever

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 8:29 PM EDT
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(WHSV) - Some of our area has stayed under moderate drought conditions as we are coming off the driest spring in 15 years.

A good portion of the area still under a moderate drought at this time
A good portion of the area still under a moderate drought at this time(WHSV)

Locally, we have a minor to moderate drought but the western US is experiencing a widespread exceptional drought.

Much of the southwest is under an exceptional drought
Much of the southwest is under an exceptional drought(WHSV)

The drought in California has brought a devastating impact on bees and crops. This means the entire country will likely see food prices spike due to terrible growing conditions. One farmer grows organic produce for Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Costco and others.

“It’s a problem of anybody that eats fruits and nuts and vegetables because California grows about half of all the fruits, nuts, and vegetables in the United States,” said Joe Del Bosque of Del Bosque Farms.

This year, the losses caused by drought could be in the millions of dollars as farmers are worried they may not be able to survive if relief does not come soon.

This week has brought some relief to our area. Rainfall totals have ranged anywhere from about three quarters of an inch to more than three inches from Thursday evening to Friday evening.

Plenty of rain has fallen across the area with several inches falling in many areas.
Plenty of rain has fallen across the area with several inches falling in many areas.(WHSV)

This will bring some relief to the ongoing drought, but next week will be a rather dry week. The drought monitor will be updated next Thursday and is available on the weather section of our website.

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