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Parts of Oregon may see water shortage

by KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill

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Posted on May 12, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Updated Monday, May 13 at 10:19 AM

Much of Washington and the Mt. Hood area of Oregon saw near normal snow pack conditions last winter.  Parts of eastern and southern Oregon were not so lucky, and most areas are seeing a more rapid snow melt than usual, thanks to a very dry spring.  Basins with the lowest expected summer water supplies are the Owyhee, Malheur and Klamath. 

Oregon streams expected to see much below normal streamflow:

Owyhee Reservoir Inflow:  30 percent of average

Upper Klamath Lake Inflow:  52 percent of average

Silvies River near Burns:  24 percent of average

Well below normal spring rainfall in all areas will lead to high fire danger into the summer months. For information about Oregon streamflow and water supply:

You may recall that much of the north Willamette Valley relies on water from the Bull Run reservoir located in the west flank of Mt. Hood.  Bull Run relies heavily on spring rainfall.  Obviously, we have not seen too many drops of rain.  So far, no Portland metro water restrictions have been announced.

KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill