Mid Winter Slowdown

January 28th Oregon Snowpack
January 28th Oregon Snowpack(USDA)
Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 8:55 PM PST
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8pm Friday, January 28th, 2022

I have an unusually quick post this evening! You know I typically get into lots of detail, but we’re working on some new software so I’m performing a bit of a “test”. The current USDA Drought Monitor for this week. Notice how much of the state is still in severe to exceptional drought.

January 27th Drought Monitor
January 27th Drought Monitor(USDA)

The far northwest corner of the state was hit by those atmospheric rivers back in November and December, bringing many of us out of drought. Lack of heavy mountain snow this past month means much of the region is back to normal for snowfall this winter.

January 28th Oregon Snowpack
January 28th Oregon Snowpack(USDA)

We’re going to need a lot more snow/rain to get the state out of drought!

The local American Meteorological Society (Oregon Chapter) just had a meeting last night featuring our state climatologist. Most of the presentation was about our ongoing drought across the region. You can see the whole meeting here

That’s it...enjoy the dry Saturday and then rain returns later Sunday

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen