Continuing the Crook County News Since 1884

Driest year on record for Crook County

This year is now officially listed as the county’s driest in 127 years of monitoring, according to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). The county is said to have received an estimated 5.82 fewer inches of precipitation than normal.

At this time, 100% of the Crook County population is still affected by drought conditions, a situation that has not changed over the last month.

The most recent drought map places 82.33% of the county in a situation of extreme drought, with the southeastern quarter reported to be in severe drought, fading into moderate drought in the southeas...