Report: Oregon snowpack above average in March

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ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- Federal figures show an above average snowpack for much of Oregon, which is good news for farmers who depend on melting snow to water their crops in the spring and summer.

The Natural Resources Conservation Services reported Tuesday that snowpack levels were above average in Western Oregon last month. Measurements in March were at 124 percent of average in the Willamette Basin and 132 percent on Mount Hood. The report predicts that more water than usual will flow through streams in the western and northern parts of the state.

But the snowpack was well below normal in Southeastern Oregon, where measurements were less than half the normal level.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/IAcDr1 ) that nearly all snow meters reported above-average precipitation last month, and 25 of them reported their wettest March ever.