GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. – The snowpack on Mount Hood is surging up to closer to normal thanks to February snows that just keep coming.
The Snotel measuring site a few hundred feet below Timberline Lodge now measures ten feet deep, which has doubled since Feb.1. Three feet of snow fell there in just the past week. It is good news for outdoor enthusiasts, and for the long-term water supply this year.
"The snowpack down the crest of the Cascades is really important for water supply to fill the reservoirs so irrigators can have it when they need it,” said Melissa Webb who is a Hydrologist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Oregon.
The Mt. Hood Measuring site is now 86 percent of normal. Basin-wide it falls to 72 percent of normal. It’s a 30-percent increase since the beginning of the month.
“This type of precipitation for this amount of time is unusual, so we’re happy to get it and we hope it keeps coming,” said Webb.
While most all of Oregon saw significant rainfall this month, Southern Oregon is still lagging far behind in snowpack. Mountains there are at about 35 to 40 percent of normal.