Snowpack High; But Water YTD Short Of Normal

The latest numbers from the Natural Resources Conservation Oregon Snow Pack Survey has the Hood/Sandy/Lower Deschutes basin at 157% of normal snowpack in terms of snow water equivalent, but the water year to date is only at 86% of normal.  Survey supervisor Matt Warbritton says the storms in the fall, which is the start of the water year, brought more snow than rain.  And he says that means soil moisture content did not get a boost going into the winter, particularly east of the Cascades’ crest.  Warbritton adds that’s all the more reason it’s important the snowpack is above normal numbers.

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