BEND, OR -- With balmy days throughout November, and very little snow in the forecast, experts are wondering if we'll be able to rebuild our snow pack for going into next year.
Julie Koeberle with the National Resource Conservation Service says Central Oregon's water was depleted during this dry summer, but it's still early enough in the season to replenish the supply. She does say, however, that not much snow is expected in the near future. "When we've seen a long-range weather forecast like this in the past, that doesn't mean that we won't receive snow, it just is leaning towards warmer conditions, and so that usually does not bode well for building a healthy snow pack."
She says if snow doesn't come, we'll need a lot of rain this spring in order to refill the lakes, streams, and reservoirs. "It is early season, and while we have really insignificant amounts of snow throughout the state, really to speak of, we do have time to build up a snow pack." Given how low our water supply is now, we'll need to see a lot of snow and rain throughout the entire season, but especially by the end of March. "We have several months were we need several feet of snow to build up our sites, so we'd like to see normal snow pack at least build by the peak of the snow season."