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Oregon's Wet Winter Good News For Some, Not So Good For Others

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Anna Reed/Statesman Journal
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Helle and Bruce Ruddenklau, both 48, stand in a perennial ryegrass field with their dog, Xena, at Ruddenklau Farms outside Amity on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

This season has been so wet that even the heartiest Oregonians have invested in umbrellas.

Two record-breaking months for rainfall — October and February — fueled what has been Oregon’s wettest season since 1999, according to hydrologists.

The rain started early and never let up, bringing floods, blizzards, and landslides. Multiple snowstorms shut down the Willamette Valley.

“There’s no single reason why this season has been so wet,” said Andy Bryant, hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Portland. “Tropical storms have been feeding a pretty consistent amount of moisture into the jet stream, but overall, there’s just been a lot of activity over the Pacific.”

Read more at the Statesman Journal.