• Expect a lot more smoke in Central Oregon the next 2 days

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    The Cedar Creek Fire will create lots of smoke for Central Oregon. Learn more here.

    The Cedar Creek Fire burning on the Willamette National Forest grew to 18,143 acres Tuesday and a Red Flag Warning could cause it to grow.

    People in Central Oregon should expect a lot more smoke in the next couple of days. It could reach “unhealthy for sensitive groups” level.

    “The elderly or pretty much just anyone who has trouble breathing, even younger folks. Those are the people we include in the ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups,’” said Dan Byrd, an air resource adviser working on the Cedar Creek Fire.

    Central Oregon Fire Info says a Red Flag Warning has been issued for hot, dry…

  • Detroit Lake has reached 'full' levels for the first time in two years

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    Detroit Lake has hit full capacity for the first time in two years. Discover more here.

    DETROIT, Ore — It has been extremely challenging the last couple of years for residents of Detroit, Oregon. Wildfires destroyed the small town over Labor Day Weekend of 2020, and businesses who rely on the lake have been struggling because of low water levels the last two years.

    The good news is that with the unofficial start to Memorial Day weekend just days away, Detroit Lake is the fullest it’s been in two years.

    Lucas Lunski is the marina manager at Detroit Lake Marina. He’s been open for the last two weeks, and he said that they have been busy…

  • Late, lingering snow at 20-plus C.O. campgrounds means holiday campers must look elsewhere

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    Late-season snow pack will cause delays in some campgrounds opening. Learn more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The late season-snowfall has made for weeks of delays in opening several Central Oregon campgrounds for Central Oregonians and visitors, as the Deschutes National Forest is unable to open the campsites into mid-June.

    While some areas are starting to melt, it does not allow enough time for the inspections to take place, and make sure everything’s ready for the public. More than 20 of the 79 managed campgrounds in the Deschutes National Forest won’t be open for the holiday weekend, or two weeks after.

    Snow depths along popular routes such as the Cascade Lakes Highway vary from one to four feet,…

  • April storms improve 2022 Pacific NW water outlook, but drought remains

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    The region is technically still in drought, even with this rare April snow. Learn more here.

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Climatologists say rare April snow, along with rain sweeping across the Pacific Northwest this week could increase water supplies, slow snowmelt and lengthen the irrigation season.

    Impacts, however, will vary by region, and experts predict drought conditions will persist, the Capital Press reported.

    Washington state climatologist Nick Bond said irrigators will benefit from April storms, but it won’t be enough to end the eastern Washington drought.

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in eastern Washington it would take 159% to 368% of normal precipitation levels over the next two months to end the…

  • Did Oregon’s rare April snow break weather records? Yep, here’s a few

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    Oregon’s April snow broke weather records. Find out more here. By

    The chance of measurable snow on the floor of the Willamette Valley goes down considerably by April. Snow in the hills? Sure. But it is “very rare” for snow to fall down to the valley floor, as it did April 11, 2022, the National Weather Service said.

    In much of the Portland/Vancouver metro area, this is the latest measurable snow in the spring. Here is the record report from the Portland weather service office for Monday’s snow:

    For PORTLAND AIRPORT (1941-2022), this snow was…

    ** Most ever in the month of April,…

  • Study finds Western megadrought is the worst in 1,200 years

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    Studies show we are in the worst drought in 1,200 years. Learn more here.

    By Nathan Rott, NPR

    Shrunk reservoirs. Depleted aquifers. Low rivers. Raging wildfires. It’s no secret that the Western U.S. is in a severe drought. New research published Monday shows just how extreme the situation has become.

    The Western U.S. and northern Mexico are experiencing their driest period in at least 1,200 years, according to the new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The last comparable — though not as severe — multidecade megadrought occurred in the 1500s, when the West was still largely inhabited by Native American tribes.

    Today, the region is home to tens of millions of people, massive agricultural…

  • Cool, wet spring in store for much of Pacific Northwest

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    According to a top meteorologist, the Pacific Northwest will be cool and wet this spring and summer. Find out more here.

    SPOKANE — Spring and summer will be cool and wet in the Pacific Northwest as the La Nina weather pattern lingers, a top meteorologist told attendees at the Spokane Ag Show.

    Art Douglas, professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., presented his annual weather forecast Feb. 1.

    “You guys are going to be kind of the lucky folks as we go towards the spring,” Douglas told farmers. “You all have a better sense of how well your crop is established. My feeling is, you’re going to have a pretty good turnaround with that crop because…