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Extreme Heat Reverses Benefits Of Oregon’s Above-Average Snowpack

OPB | Aug. 8, 2017 11:56 a.m. | Portland

The benefits of an above-average snowpack measured in most locations statewide earlier this year have yet to be fully realized due to extreme heat.

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Wet April Helps Oregon Snow Stick Around Longer

AP | May 1, 2017 11 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Heavy rainfall in April has helped boost Oregon's snowpack after several years of below-average levels.

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As Northwest Snow Recedes, Snow Removal Costs Tally Up

Northwest News Network | Feb. 14, 2017 8:15 a.m.

In Washington and Oregon, head-high piles of snow are starting to melt out east of the Cascades. But even Northwest cities that are used to clearing abundant snow are tallying up extra costs this winter.

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Warm April Causes Rapid Melting Of Washington Snowpack

AP | May 10, 2016 9:23 a.m. | Spokane, Washington

High temperatures in April caused much of the Pacific Northwest's mountain snowpack to melt. Runoff was above normal because of the rapid snowmelt, but Washington's rivers and streams were able to contain it without flooding.

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Despite Dry February, Eastern Oregon Snowpack Still Abundant

AP | March 7, 2016 10:21 a.m. | Baker City, Oregon

Farmers in northeastern Oregon say they'd still welcome a late winter blizzard to bolster the region's snowpack, but recent measurements show that the snowpack is already above average.

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Oregon's Snowpack Shows Huge Improvement From Year Ago

Statesman Journal | Jan. 31, 2016 12:48 p.m.

At this time last year, ski areas were closed or struggling to stay open, ski shops were losing money and hydrologists were predicting doom for the coming summer due to a historically low snowpack in Oregon’s mountains.

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Oregon Snowpack Suggests Good Streamflows For Summer

OPB | Jan. 8, 2016 2:58 p.m. | Portland

Last year was a really dry year. But heavy snows at the end of the year suggest healthier water levels in 2016.

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Eastern Oregon Farmers Optimistic About Snowpack Levels

Capital Press | Dec. 28, 2015 4:22 p.m. | Ontario, Oregon

Snowpack levels in the Owyhee basin are more than twice what they normally are at this time of the year and Eastern Oregon farmers who have been hammered by three years of significantly reduced water supplies hope the trend holds.

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What Early Drought Means For The Klamath Basin

OPB | March 20, 2015 7:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

A Q&A to sort out what's in store for  Southern Oregon as drought declarations are made and tough choice await for managing water needed by farmers, fish and wildlife.


What a Record-Low Snowpack Means For Summer In The Northwest

KUOW | March 5, 2015 midnight

As any skier will attest, it’s been a bad year for snow. What’s that mean for the rest of us?

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Top Stories: Kitzhaber To Answer Questions About Fiancee, Oregon Snowpack Low Again

OPB | Jan. 30, 2015 7:45 a.m. | Portland

Headlines for Friday, Jan. 30: Gov. John Kitzhaber will answer questions regarding his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, at a press conference this morning; Oregon's snowpack is low again this year despite normal precipitation; Josephine County voted not to tax recreational marijuana; and more.

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Top Stories: Oregon Employment Reaches New Highs, Eugene Mayor Piercy Will Not Seek Re-Election

OPB | Dec. 17, 2014 8 a.m. | Portland

Headlines for Wednesday, Dec. 17: Oregon employment numbers reached new highs in November; Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy will not seek re-election in 2016; the snowpack is at a record low on Mt. Hood; and more.

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Oregon's Soggy Fall Keeps Some Ski Areas Closed Early In Season

OPB | Dec. 9, 2014 10:33 a.m. | Portland

Though Oregon's fall has been a wet one, there hasn't been much in the way of snow, delaying opening days for some Oregon ski areas.