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Warm Spring Takes A Toll On Oregon Snowpack

Mount Hood as seen from Larch Mountain near Troutdale, Oregon.

Mount Hood as seen from Larch Mountain near Troutdale, Oregon.

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A warm spring in the Northwest has taken a toll on the snowpack in Oregon. The federal government’s Natural Resources Conservation Service finds that the snowpack was normal to above normal until temperatures rose during April. Snow melted quickly then, resulting in an unusual loss of snowpack.

Temperatures in May were more normal, but by then the majority of the snow had melted from most basins.

The precipitation since October has been around normal, or above. That has filled reservoirs. But officials expect stream flows to be low this summer, especially in  Southeast Oregon

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