More snow is good news—But it's no guarantee Oregon will escape wildfires

  • Source: Willamette Week
  • Published: 01/09/2019 01:22 PM

There's much more snow in Oregon mountains this year than this time in 2018. But the Pacific Northwest still needs to catch up. If the snowpack in Oregon were assigned a letter grade, the eastern part of the state would be on the honor roll, while the west earned a measly D average. Currently, the "snow water equivalent" in the Cascades is hovering around 65 percent of normal. In some eastern counties, snowpacks have soared to over 100 percent of normal. That's a sharp increase from last February, when snow water equivalents across the state ranged from 33 to 54 percent of normal. Still, Julie Koeberle, a snow hydrologist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, says a heavy statewide snowfall doesn't necessarily mean we will avoid another hellish wildfire season.


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