SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Winter storms that have dumped snow on the Cascade Range this month have helped Oregon’s snowpack recover after lower-than-normal measurements in January and last year.
The Capital Press reports that the entire state has seen a 20 to 30 percent bump in snowpack and 2 to 3 times the normal precipitation since Feb. 1.
As of Feb. 15, Oregon’s total snowpack was 93 percent of average, compared to 73 percent at the end of January and a paltry 40 percent at this time last year.
A healthy snowpack helps Oregon’s ranchers and farmers who rely on the melting snow from the mountains to replenish the streams and rivers that feed their irrigation systems.
Information from: Capital Press, http://www.capitalpress.com/washington