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Snowpack at 24 percent above normal on Mount Hood

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A wet December and continued heavy snow has Mount Hood off to strong snow totals as of the year’s first snow survey.

Hydrologists with the Oregon Natural Resources Conservation Service went to the test site on Mount Hood and measured 21.5 inches of water in 80 inches of snow.

Scientists use what is called the "snow water equivalent" to measure snowpack, looking at the amount of water contained within the snow. The measurement determines the depth of water that would be left if all of the snowpack melted at the same time. 

The entire Mount Hood basin, which includes nine test sites, is sitting at 124 percent of normal snowpack so far this winter. This is a huge change from last year at the same time, when Mount Hood basin was only at 37 percent of normal.

The rest of the state is far above average as well for this point in the season.

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