Rain and snow not enough to break Oregon's drought
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The rain and snow falling across Oregon are far from enough to break the drought.
Snowpacks across most of the state Friday were less than half of normal, and the drought index was still severe to moderate.
National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Sandler says it will take near-record rain and snow for the next three months to get things back to normal.
Remote-sensing sites managed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service show things worst in the south, where snowpacks in the Rogue-Umpqua, Klamath and Lake County basins are 22 percent of normal.
The Willamette Basin from Portland to Eugene is at 32 percent. The Upper Deschutes-Crooked Basin around Bend is 37 percent.
Things are best around Baker City, Pendleton and Enterprise, where the snowpack is 70 percent to 77 percent.