Snow Survey On Mt. Ashland

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MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — Snow surveyors are out in the mountains this week, measuring snow depth and water content to see what the future might bring for water supplies.

For nearly 25 years, Steve Johnson has been measuring snow depth and calculating water content at several spots on Mt. Ashland. His measurements today show that some locations are well above normal, while others are slightly below for this time of year.

“That’s because all the snow this year, or all the precipitation that came down this year has been in the form of snow, where many years that site in particular gets rained on. You lose the snow pack and so forth,” explained snow surveyor, Steve Johnson.

Johnson says while the Rogue and Umpqua Basins are slightly below average, they are way above what was on the ground this time last year. Then, heavy rain and snow the latter part of the season brought the Rogue and Umpqua Basins well above average for the season.