Oregon snowpack below average despite precipitation; mountain snow needed for summer flow


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PORTLAND, Oregon — The Oregon snowpack is well below average despite normal precipitation this winter.

High snow levels have prevented the accumulation of mountain snow that is needed to maintain stream flows through the summer.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service reports the snowpack is less than half of average in western and central portions of Oregon. Eastern parts of the state are a little better but still below average.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1z7xfk1 ) some monitoring stations near Mount Hood have recorded no snow for the first time in three decades.

In a typical year, the snowpack peaks around April, so there's time for recovery. But a three-month climate outlook predicts conditions will be warmer and drier than normal in the Northwest.

Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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