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Oregon Faces A Continued Dry Spell In 2014

OPB | Jan. 23, 2014 12:20 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 23, 2014 2:13 p.m.

U.S Drought Monitor map of Oregon on January 14, 2014. Red indicates extreme drought; orange indicates severe drought, and light orange indicates moderate drought.

U.S Drought Monitor map of Oregon on January 14, 2014. Red indicates extreme drought; orange indicates severe drought, and light orange indicates moderate drought.

Eric Luebehusen, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It’s been a particularly dry winter for Oregon. The snowpack is below normal levels and precipitation is at a record low for most of the state.

Businesses from agriculture to recreation are already feeling the repercussions of the dry spell — some ski resorts haven’t opened for the season, some farmers and ranchers are facing irrigation shortages, and foresters are preparing for a busy fire season. Though forecasts aren’t predicting a suddenly wet spring, it doesn’t stop people from hoping.

Has the drought affected you or your business in some way? How are you preparing?

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