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No drought for Eugene, Lane County, Oregon 2014

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Saturday found Fernridge Reservoir filling to capacity as late spring rains pounded Lane County.

Unlike 2013, Lane County’s Fernridge Reservoir will be deep enough to accommodate larger sail boats and watercraft left at dry-dock by a two year drought. Although this reporter could not secure rainfall totals for the month of April, looking out the window to the world and driving Lane County back roads, one can attest to the countless fields and flood canals now sitting under several inches if not feet of water.

Just last month the alarm was sounded as to the possibility of drought throughout much of Western Oregon. Granted, the seasonal snowfall was below normal in the eastern range, but rainfall totals for the first quarter of 2014 tell a different story.

Yes, January rain totals measured 4 inches below the norm, with 2.57 inches recorded. February came in at 2.5 inches above normal with March dumping 1.10 inches above normal. With March rainfall bringing area totals close to even, April should return measured precipitation to a seasonal normal.

Eugene and vicinity experienced 20 days of light to heavy rain in April, with above average participation expected through Wednesday.

With the return of Sunshine on Wednesday will come a monthly precipitation report reflecting above average rainfall for the month of April. It will be interesting to watch the wet trend continue through May.



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