What Northwest Drought Looks Like In 62 Charts
Heading into summer, many Oregon lakes are well below their average level after consecutive years of drought. Good rains have many Washington reservoirs above their average storage, but there's a catch — these reservoirs are typically refilled by mountain snow pack two or three times in a season, and this year the snow pack isn't there to refill them. The charts below show April water levels since 1980 for reservoirs tracked by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Click on a lake for details.
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