April heat whacks Oregon snowpack

Mark Freeman, Medford Mail Tribune, May 7, 2016

Southern Oregon reservoirs rose quickly this spring and the region’s once-robust snowpack melted at double the rate as a record-breaking April heat wave became a streamflow game-changer in Oregon.

While the hot weather helped fill Rogue Basin reservoirs such as Lost Creek and Applegate, the solar heat lamp on Southern Oregon was not as glaring as it was elsewhere in the state, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.


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