Above average snowpack leads to decreasing drought

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore.– Researchers at Oregon State said this years snowpack had a positive impact on our drought conditions.

An associate state climatologist said this years snow pack is 50% above average compared to the last 30 years.

He said the La Nina winter and cooler than average temperatures led to above average snow packs for the last two years.

At the beginning of the water year in October, just about all of Jackson County was in exceptional or extreme drought.

Associate State Climatologist Nick Siler said, “the most recent drought monitor has actually none of Jackson County in extreme or exceptional drought and only 8% of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought. So it’s certainly decreased the percentage of the state that’s experiencing severe drought.”

He said he doesn’t expect cooler temperatures to continue next year.

Since this year is the 3rd consecutive La Nina winter, the chances of another above average snow pack next year is much lower.

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NBC5 News reporter Derek Strom is from Renton, Washington. He recently graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University with a degree in Broadcast News and a minor in Sports Management. He played in the drumline with the WSU marching band. These days, he plays the guitar and piano. Derek is a devoted fan of the Mariners, Seahawks, and Kraken.
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