By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency on Friday, saying drought conditions due to a lack of snowpack are some of the worst on record in a region normally known for its drizzly weather. In an announcement in the state capital of Olympia, Inslee said the drought had "deepened dramatically in the past few weeks," with conditions expected to worsen as the hot summer months approach. The emergency declaration will free up funds and water rights to help counties most in need, Inslee said. Rain totals in the state were equivalent to prior years, Inslee said. But the snowpack, which melts into streams, lakes and rivers and is vital to water supplies, was only 16 percent of average. "What we lack is snow," Inslee said. "We are calling it a snowpack drought." Washington, know as the Evergreen State due to its abundant green forests kept lush by heavy precipitation, is one of several western states struggling under drought conditions. California is enduring its worst drought on record, and that state's mountain snowpack, which usually provides about a third of the state's water, is at the lowest level on record, according to state officials. Drought emergencies have also been declared in parts of Oregon and Nevada. Officials in Washington state were still deciding which agricultural areas will receive additional water resources and other support, Inslee said. In some regions, water was being shifted creek-to-creek and fish were being hauled to more abundant water, Inslee added. "We are seeing things happen at this time of year we just have never seen before," the Democratic governor said. "On the Olympic Peninsula - where there would normally be 80 inches (2 meters) of snow today in the mountains - the glacier lilies are blooming." State officials have estimated $1.2 billion in crop losses associated with the drought, he said. Drought conditions also mean the annual wildfire season could be longer and more destructive, Inslee said. Last year, Washington state endured one of its worst wildfire seasons on record. (Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Will Dunham)
- Shadow and Act
'The View': Whoopi Goldberg Sends Warning To Clarence Thomas Amid Roe Rollback: 'He Better Hope That They Don't Come For You' With Loving
Whoopi Goldberg has a stern warning for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, saying that a Roe rollback could res
Stars arrived at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the 2022 BET Awards celebrating Black...
- Yahoo Celebrity
Ben Affleck's son Samuel, 10, is "fine" after a very close call in a Lamborghini. Ben and Jennifer Lopez were there as it played out.
Y’all this is so hot.
- The Daily Beast
Fox NewsKari Lake, the Trump-endorsed candidate for Arizona governor, was far from happy on Monday when Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked her about a report that linked her to drag queens.The interview, which was fairly tame on Baier’s end, began with Lake falsely claiming that the 2020 election was “fraudulent” and that President Joe Biden is “illegitimate.” Baier responded by playing a tape of Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testifying before the House Jan. 6 committee last week that the ele
- Women's Health
'Mad Men' star January Jones posted a photo in her underwear showing off her super sculpted abs and long, nude legs post knee surgery. She does Lagree workouts.
What may have been Colin Kaepernick’s last shot at a National Football League job didn’t go very well, according to Hall of Famer Warren Sapp. Speaking to urban news site VladTV, Sapp didn’t hold back when Kaepernick’s May workout with the Las Vegas Raiders came up in conversation. The VladTV host mentioned that there were […]
- KCRA - Sacramento Videos
23 million Californians to get 'inflation relief' payments after budget deal struck, state leaders say
Millions of California taxpayers will get “inflation relief” tax rebate payments after lawmakers have reached an agreement on the framework of the 2022-23 budget. The deal also suspends the state's sales tax on diesel. “The centerpiece of the agreement, a $17 billion inflation relief package, will offer tax refunds to millions of working Californians," said a joint statement from Gov. Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on Sunday night.
- Palm Beach Daily News
Matthew Wolff will be joined by former PGA Tour winner Carlos Ortiz in this week's LIV event outside of Portland, Oregon, its first tourney in U.S.
- NBC Sports BayArea
Teams are interested in veteran center Kevon Looney, but a recent report makes it seem like his chances of leaving the Warriors in free agency are slim.
The Prince of Wales made headlines after a Sunday Times investigation revealed that Charles accepted bags of cash from a Qatari politician years ago.
The impact of Kavanaugh's confirmation on the 2018 elections may reveal how the reversal of Roe v. Wade could impact this year's midterms
40 US House seats flipped to Democratic candidates following Kavanaugh's confirmation, including 27 where GOP candidates were previously leading in the polls.
- Business Insider
30 years after WWE's first female referee accused Vince McMahon of raping her, an ex-wrestler has claimed it's true
In a New York magazine story, the former pro wrestler Leonard Inzitari said Rita Chatterton's allegation that Vince McMahon raped her was true.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. Here's how to pronounce the royal family nickname.
- WSB Cox articles
Too much mayonnaise on a sandwich led a disgruntled customer to kill a woman and injure another.
- Dolphins Wire
He was the first black starting quarterback in professional American football.
Khloé Kardashian posted a boomerang of herself on Instagram posing in a high-cut baby pink bikini from Good American, and we found the exact one to shop now.
- LA Times
WNBA star seen in Russian court for one of the first times in four months
- USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow shared an Instagram post that read, "I'm pro-life. Their lives. Women's lives."
- NBC Sports BayArea
Kevin Durant returning to the Warriors appears quite unlikely.