Experts Forecast Drought for Western Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. — Despite plenty of rainfall this winter experts say the dry, hot weather is taking its toll. 

According to the Climate Predictions Center the next few months it will be dry and hot and they predict that another drought is on the way in western Oregon.

We received an above average amount of snow in the winter months.

While we were catching up, members of the Lane Community College water conservation program say the increased temperatures in April have affected the amount of snowpack we’ll have to carry us through the summer.

“By mid-April we have seen extreme melt offs, which is two to five weeks earlier than usual. These higher temperatures means all the streams are already receiving their water. We usually have that snowpack to last us through the summer with slower melting times,” said Greg Butler, Water Conversation 

With the summer forecast out, the climate predictions center is forecasting record breaking temperatures for the upcoming months.

We are not currently in a drought but right now Western Oregon is considered abnormally dry.

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