PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The statewide snowpack for Oregon is 138% above normal after a harsh winter that featured plenty of snow and heavy rainfall.
The Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service released numbers Tuesday that also show above-average precipitation statewide.
The last time Oregon’s snowpack was well above normal on March 1 was in 2008, when it was 157% of normal.
Last year, Oregon’s snowpack was 94% of normal.
Scott Oviatt, a hydrologist with the USDA, says snow accumulation in February was twice the normal amount at many monitoring locations.
The combined news is a boon for farmers who have struggled with drought recently in much of the state.