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Mount Hood, sporting a fresh coat of new snow, is lit through dispersing clouds by the setting sun as seen from Portland. The statewide snowpack for Oregon is 138 percent above normal after a harsh winter that featured plenty of snow and heavy rainfall.
As of Wednesday, March 8, 2017
PORTLAND (AP) — The statewide snowpack for Oregon is 138 percent of 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 percent of normal.
Last year, Oregon's snowpack was 94 percent 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.