Precipitation and snowpack is above average so far for this water year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service reports the John Day region has received 19 percent more precipitation than normal since October.
The NCRS also held its first snow survey of the 2016 season on Mt. Hood, Dec. 29, 2015. Hydrologist Julie Koeberle and Hydrologic Technician Dan Fries measured 21.5 inches of water stored in 80 inches of snow at the site. Across the Mt. Hood Basin, snowpack levels were 124 percent of normal for this time of year.
The entire state of Oregon is experiencing above normal mountain snowpack this time of year — which hydrologists and ski enthusiasts agree is an excellent start to the 2016 snow season.
Get the latest snow survey data updated in real-time at www.or.nrcs.usda.gov/snow.