ODF Hoping for Snow; NWS Says Snowpack at 60-70 Percent

ODF Hoping for Snow; NWS Says Snowpack at 60-70 Percent

Posted: Feb. 14, 2019 6:36 PM
Updated: Feb. 14, 2019 6:36 PM

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is live in medford....with why snow is the preferred of the two...and which areas are of most concern when it comes to needing more moisture. i spoke to both the oregon department of forestry and the national weather service today. they both say they'll take all the rain they can get...but snow is better when it comes to fire season. [a21]rain impact on fire season-pkg cover with wx graphics spencer says, "we're a little behind but it's not a bad year by any means." spencer higginson is a hydrologist for the weather service. he says this year is looking pretty good so far when it comes to how much rain we've received. he says the medford area is about an inch and a half ahead of schedule. spencer says, "you're right that it does feel like we got more rain than normal since january because we have." however...snowfall is a different story. spencer says, "the other side of the coin is snowfall and our snow pack up in the mountains and that's where for something oregon were about 60 to 70% of normal." snow...is what fire crews want most of all. it seeps into big logs and branches slower than rain...and keeps things saturated. brian says, "if you have a really lean snow year that stuff may not be completely saturated so it dries out quickly and so will likely have larger fires earlier in the summer and it becomes a worse problem as the summer goes on." spencer says, "the snow pack up there it's like saving for in this case a sunny day." but there's also the drought. just because we have good snow and rainfalls this year... doesn't mean there aren't trees to fuel fires. brian says, "the process....it sometimes acts rather quickly on some trees and others it takes a few years for it to really manifest but we will always take good water years. and there are...good years. spencer says, "we do see nondrought years it's a good question because it seems like everyone's always talking about over in a drought again we do have some good years." spencer says this so far has been a good year. the snow pack though ...sitting at about 60-70 percent..could use a boost, especially in the klamath basin. spencer says, "they are lacking behind a little more than the rest of southwest oregon so that's where the main concern is the basin." brian with odf adds he hopes the rain lasts as close to summer as possible... because that shortens the window for potentially intense fires. live in medford, rachel tiede, newswatch 12. mount shasta is offering sandbags for anyone that
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