Ore. snowpacks mostly below normal

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Associated Press

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 7:19 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's tallest peak has raked enough moisture out of passing storms to claim the only normal snowpack in the state.

But the farther a river basin is from Mount Hood, the worse summertime flows look.

The latest snowpack maps posted on the Natural Resources Conservation Service show the rangelands of the John Day, Malheur and Owyhee basins in Eastern Oregon particularly parched, with the Klamath, Goose Lake and Harney basins to the south not much better off.

The Rogue and Umpqua basins in southwestern Oregon, and Upper Deschutes and Crooked River basins in Central Oregon are mediocre. The Willamette Basin is near normal.

NRCS hydrologist Julie Koeberle says the water year started off wet, but a dry spell in February and March has left many locations far behind schedule.

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