This photo was taken yesterday. It’s of Allen Canyon Creek at the bottom of Allen Canyon. I’ve never seen flows this low in April. It’s flows that are usually seen in June just before the creek goes dry. The last moderate rain event was the snow storm we had the second week of February. Since then, the amount of rain has been well below normal. Today’s rain was only about a third of an inch and will make little difference. This is the time of year when tree seeds are germinating. Near big leaf maple trees the ground has lots of maple seeds that have fallen last fall and winter. The ground should be full of maple seedlings. This year, many are just lying on top of dry soil. Other tree seeds such as alder, Oregon ash, cedar, and Douglas fir may not be germinating as well.
We are several inches below normal and we are getting past the wet season. It’s possible we could see enough rain to recharge the watersheds but it’s not likely. The last few years, especially since 2015, have been warm and dry. The west coast has had many problems with drought. Fires and losses to tree farms and nurseries have been severe. We should hope for rain but be prepared for drought.
Contributed by Paul Snoey