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Umpqua District Snow Water Equivalent Reaches 187% of Normal

1:11 AM · Apr 21, 2023

The Umpqua District has recorded a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 187% as of April 20, 2023. The SWE is a key metric used to measure the amount of water contained within the snowpack, which is crucial for predicting water supply and flood risk. This striking figure has drawn attention to the possible implications of having a significantly higher than normal SWE. The elevated SWE percentage is a blessing for the Umpqua District. A higher SWE translates to a greater water supply, which can prove beneficial for agriculture, hydropower generation, and general water availability in the region. Additionally, it can help alleviate drought conditions and maintain healthy ecosystems.

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