Multnomah County Feel-free From Drought: Multnomah County has exited a drought thanks to a cold, wet, and frosty December, although most of the Western United States is still experiencing a severe drought. KOIN 6 Meteorologist Kelley Bayern explains that despite recent rains in the Pacific Northwest, the West’s drought conditions remain a serious issue. Bayern said that the recent significant rainfall “won’t quickly end the area drought.”
“If you focus on Oregon alone, you can see that the drought there has improved by around 8% over the previous three months, but it will take months of rain surplus to make a dent in Oregon’s drought.” The Western U.S. is now experiencing one of the worst droughts on record, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which was established in 1999.
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Additionally, the U.S. Drought Monitor notes that, despite Multnomah County seeing a particularly significant bout of seasonal rain in December, the monthly rainfall totals for the Pacific Northwest’s parched regions are “slightly above average.” Three-month precipitation totals for the area are likewise below normal.
According to Larry O’Neill, climatologist for the state of Oregon, Multnomah County’s most recent drought was finally ended because of the region’s very wet spring and summer. Multnomah County saw the wettest April, May, and June since records began in 1895 during this period. The unseasonably warm weather also produced flush snowpacks in the Cascades, which supported river conditions during the record-breaking warmth in the latter part of the summer.
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According to O’Neill, “this snowfall season got off to a tremendous start across Oregon.” To achieve even ‘normal’ peak levels by the end of March, however, we would need approximately three times as much snow. To guarantee sufficient water supply for the next summer, we still need a lot more snow.
While the majority of Northwest Oregon is still experiencing “abnormally dry” drought conditions, according to O’Neill, the area is doing far better than the state’s center and southwest regions. One of the two areas in Oregon where the severity of the drought is improving is northwest Oregon, according to him. “It should be stressed that the greatest drought in recorded history is still affecting most of the remainder of Oregon, especially central Oregon,” the statement said.
The “exceptional” and “severe” drought conditions in Central Oregon have depleted the area’s reservoirs. Agriculture, cattle, the exploitation of natural resources, and the leisure sector have all been severely impacted by the severely constrained water supply in the local economy. Governor Kate Brown declared a drought emergency in the area earlier this year as a result of the circumstances.
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O’Neil stated that it’s still doubtful that these reservoirs would revert to a normal level in the next months, especially with the majority of the rainy season yet to come. The reservoir levels in various regions of the state, such as those in Prineville, Wickiup, Owyhee, and Warm Springs reservoirs, among a few other smaller ones, have “one important influence,” according to O’Neil.
“These all had a low likelihood of filling to normal levels during this rainy season since they were all very empty before this wet season began.” All rights are retained by Nexstar Media Inc. till 2022. This content cannot be written over, aired, published, or transmitted again. You may keep yourself up to date with all of the most recent news by visiting our website, Focus Hillsboro.