With approximately 1.6 million acres burned so far this is about 600,000 acres less than last year
Within the three-state area of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, there are 21 large fire incidents ongoing.
The water level on this massive reservoir had never been lower than what was reached on July 9.
It has been pretty hot of late in the interior Northwest but even hotter weather looks likely by Sunday and Monday.
It does not usually rain this time of year; when it does, this is usually how it happens.
This is the beginnings of the summer monsoon pattern that typically starts around the first week in July.
This third straight below normal rainfall season just put the final defining stamp on what has become a nearly statewide exceptional drought.
But it seems as if the Tropics are going to come to life again over the weekend and early next week.
This is the time of year where we look for the seasonal wind shift in the Southwest U.S., commonly called the Summer Monsoon.
One of the driving forces behind the formation of tropical storms and hurricanes is the ocean water temperature.