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Wet fall, dry winter ... wet spring?
February 11, 2005
Herald and News
What's been a dry winter could make way for a wet
spring if history holds true, Oregon's state
climatologist George Taylor says.
It was wet last fall in the Klamath Basin.
"There are always a lot of variables in rainfall
for specific spots throughout the region," said
Taylor, who works at Oregon State University, "but
in general, August, September and October were
wetter than average throughout Oregon."
The dry times and warm days have been typical
throughout Oregon. Southeastern Oregon has fared
relatively better than the rest of the state,
Even though the state's skimpy snowpack is
worrisome, Taylor said, it isn't necessarily
ruinous. Snow typically keeps piling up in the
mountains until April 1.
Timing is the key, Taylor said. To make up for the
light snowpack, Oregon needs to receive the water
just prior to demand, which rises in spring when
agricultural water use leaps.
"It doesn't solve all the problems, but it
certainly improves the situation," he said.
As a member of the Oregon Drought Council, Taylor is one of the people involved with that decision. The council meets Feb. 22 to discuss water supplies and possible drought declarations. Comprised of state and federal representatives, the council will assess the issues and then advise Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
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