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Minimal 2014-15 Snowpack – A Taste of Things To Come?
In a piece in The Oregonian on the 2014-15 Oregon drought, OCCRI Associate Director Kathie Dello points out that although it’s impossible to peg an isolated event such as drought to the long-term shifts anticipated with climate change; “this looks a lot like our future climate models”. (March 31, 2015)

Snowpack level is “atrocious”
OCCRI Director Philip Mote comments on the exceptionally warm winter of 2014-2015 and the resultant low snowpack, in the Register Guard. (March 30, 2015)

This week’s snow is “too little, too late”
Kathie Dello, Associate Director of OCCRI, tells KATU Portland on 3/25/15 that snowpack was a quarter of normal last year in the (Cascade) mountains.

“We need to have some really tough conversations about our future and water supply”
OCCRI Associate Director Kathie Dello tells Climate Central, in response to record warmth along the west coast this winter.

Sixth Annual PNW Climate Science Conference
The Sixth Annual conference will be held in Coeur d’Alene, ID on Nov 4-5, 2015. The PNW Climate Science Conference annually brings together more than 250 researchers and practitioners from around the region to discuss scientific results, challenges, and solutions related to the impacts of climate on people, natural resources, and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. Watch this space for more details as they become available.

Lack of snow leaves CA’s “water tower” low
Research by OCCRI researchers Philip Mote and Darrin Sharp is featured in a National Geographic online article about CA’s continuing drought.

Climate Change Study Predicts Earlier Runoff
OCCRI’s John Stevenson presented a summary of the Wood River Basin project on March 6 at the Climate and Water Conservation Seminar sponsored by the University of Idaho Extension and the Wood River Land Trust.

Second Warmest Winter in PNW (after 1933-34)
OCCRI Director Philip Mote talks to KTVZ in Bend and the Salem Statesman Journal about the historic warmth and low snowpack in the PNW this winter.

“Warmer than normal temps for the next 3 months”
OCCRI Associate Director Kathie Dello tells Oregon Public Broadcasting.

“Winter seems to have completely forgotten about us out here”
OCCRI Associate Director Kathie Dello tells USA Today, Climate Central and the AP.

OCCRI Associate Director Kathie Dello in Wired magazine
“The way water is portioned out in the American west is that if you got here first you get to use it first.” Read more about the western drought in Wired.

REACCH Summer 2015 internships
Regional Approaches to Climate Change, Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH PNA) is a USDA-funded, multi-institutional project focused on improving the long-term sustainability of agriculture within the region. REACCH partners are teaming up to offer a total of 11, 9-week long, undergraduate internships. Deadline for application is April 1, so act soon!

OCCRI Associate Director Kathie Dello on the NOAA Monthly Climate Call
Kathie Dello discusses key findings in last month’s NOAA report in the February Monthly Climate Call.

OCCRI affiliated researcher Dr. Bev Law in the Washington Post
Dr. Bev Law comments on a projected “mega-drought” and the ongoing Forest, Mortality, Economics, and Climate project in the Washington Post.

Oregon Snowpack at Record Lows
ABC News , Time, and the New York Times highlight the Oregon drought, quoting OCCRI Associate Director Kathie Dello.

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