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Southern Idaho Undergoing Drought Conditions
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV - KTWT-TV ) Southern Idaho is experiencing hot, dry weather which is causing drought like conditions.
Forecasters are saying we are behind in rainfall, which is a huge problem for farmers.
The hot weather and no rain is causing concern throughout Southern Idaho.
The Magic Valley hasn't had rain since July 5th, with a rainfall deficit of nearly 3.5 inches this year.
"We are in a drought we are between a D2 and D3 drought scenario. We are right in the middle of a server to extreme drought summer,” said Nick Kosir, Meteorologist.
Twin Falls Canal Company manager Brian Olmstead says, this is a serious situation for local farmers.
"This would stack right up there with the worst years in the early 2000's. We are going to use all of our storage and that's okay that's what's the reservoir is for to let us grow the crops for late summer” said Brian Olmstead, Twin Falls Canal Company.
Most of the United States west of the Mississippi is abnormally dry.
"We would like to carry over as much as we can. I know guys need to seed hay and they need to water it but, stubble is not really a crop we have to have and if we can wait until September on a natural flow then, which we will use next year” said Olmstead.
Dry conditions leaving less water for farmers and worries for canal companies.
Last year at this time, Southern Idaho reached six and half inches of rain.