While it's still early in the season, a lack of mountain snow pack is starting to make Klamath Basin farmers and ranchers nervous.
Kevin Conroy of the Natural Resource Conservation Service tracks mountain snow pack levels. And so far, those levels are way below average...
"We're sitting about in the 20% range for snow pack, or water content - which is fairly low."
Today's levels are at 24% of the average for this date...and that could spell trouble later on.
The mountain snow pack levels are critical, as the spring runoff will provide irrigation water that farmers and ranchers will need through the summer.
The most recent snow hit nearly 3 weeks ago, and it had a relatively low moisture content.
But Kevin Conroy says it's too early to panic...
"I don't think so. The weather here's pretty unpredictable, you never know. You could have a dry fall, followed by a really wet spring, so I think it's just time to hope for the best for a lot of snow in January, February, March."
Most data comes from automated 'Sno-tel' sites.
Conroy will begin heading out to test sites in a couple of weeks to make additional measurements, and to check moisture levels.
Those measurements will play a key role in how much water farmers get next spring.
"I think we usually have a pretty good handle by March, late February, March." Says Conroy, "On what the water year is going to look like."
The irrigation season normally gets underway in early April.