Today, the Seattle Times reports in-depth on the potentially nasty drought that is just around the corner. It’s very bad news for Eastern Washington irrigators. But it’s good news for insects, which will be out in droves this year, pestering hikers and gobbling crops.

In related news, today the North Cascades Highway will open for the summer season. It’s the earliest opening in the highway’s history (except for one winter when it did not close at all—which incidentally led to the worst summer drought in Washington’s recorded history).