Even with recent rains, officials still talking drought

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- If you have looked outside in the last few days, you might not be thinking drought, but officials say that is pretty much what we are looking at in Douglas County.

April 1 is typically the date used to determine maximum snow pack for the county.

As of Tuesday, Watermaster David Williams says we are well below average.

The snow pack at Crater Lake is at 35%, which he says leaves Douglas County in a severe drought stage. "It would appear our weather patterns have changed and we're getting wetter than we have been before, and we'll hope that that continues," Williams said.

With the low amount of snow in higher elevations, Williams says we now have to rely on Oregon's liquid sunshine to try and avoid an abnormally dry summer. "So, we're going to have to rely on rainfall at this point to make it through, and hope that our summer water supplies hold up as a result of that rainfall."

Williams says we need another half dozen of the kinds of storms that have been passing through to bring the needed rainfall.