May 27, 2021 | Tri-City Herald | By Annette Cary ~~
The Washington state Department of Ecology is warning of a possible drought for all of Eastern Washington.
“There are growing concerns for farmers and ranchers in Eastern Washington,” the department said in a drought advisory issued Thursday.
Recent months have had little rainfall, including in Benton and Franklin counties.
March through April was the fourth driest early spring period in Washington state since 1895, according to the Department of Ecology.
No precipitation was recorded in the Tri-Cities in April, and March had just 0.12 inch recorded. May is not looking much better with 0.19 inch so far, well below normal precipitation for May of 0.73 inch, according to the National Weather Service.