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le Tg r. - March 28, 2012 VouR COt4t4UNITV Page 9 Photos by Kimber Swanson Mister Huskies Contestants for Sweet Home High School's Mr. Husky competition wait for the judges'decision Monday, March 19. From left are Scottie Stockman, Taylor Conn, Gravy Gunselman, Lorenzo Virgen, Sorin White, Dakota Snow, Bryce Roberts, Raul Hernandez and Tony Ramirez. In a historic decision, two winners were crowned - Roberts and Ramirez. At right, Ramirez gives it his all during the talent segment. Photo by Sean C. Morgan Garrison Whitfield, left, takes a snowball from Barrett Stephens , center, on Third Avenue early Wednesday morning while Jake Long watches. It didn't take the three, along with buddy Egan Shamek, too long to get out into the white stuff once they woke up to find out that school was called off. 1 Snow From page 8 low-elevation snow in March isn't unprecedented. "La Nifia is officially waning," Dello added, "but she's still got some fight in her." Late-season snow, such as last week's, can be particularly prob- lematic, Dello said, because it typi- cally is wet and heavy, putting trees, branches and power lines in peril. She said the positive side of the cold front is that Oregon's snowpack is starting to recover and southern Oregon, in particular, needed more snow in the mountains. Despite the flooding in mid- January, the period from December to February was drier than normal. "It was the 10th driest winter on record in Oregon," said Dello, of OSU's College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Weather in the Pacific North- west is in sharp contrast with much of the rest of the country, Dello noted, which is experiencing record high temperatures. Just how unusual is spring snow? Dello says a quick check of the record books shows that March can indeed go out like a lion - and that April showers aren't always rain. The year 1951 was particularly cold and wet, with up to eight days of measurable snowfall in much of western Oregon. - Corvallis: The latest measur- able snowfall came in 2008, when 0.3 inches fell - believe it or not- on April 20. The heaviest March snow- fall took place in 1960, when four inches fell on March 3. - Portland: The year 1951 was memorable in the Rose City, which had eight days with measurable snowfall in March of that year at the Portland Airport. The deepest March snowfall was on March 8, 1951, when 7.6 inches fell. Portland's lat- est snowfall was on March 25, 1965, with 0.3 inches. - Eugene: There were five days of measurable snowfall in March of 1951 in Eugene, led by 4.9 inches on March 5. The latest snowfall was 0.5 inches on March 25, although snow records are spotty and snow was re- ported on April 20, 2008, but not re- corded at the airport station. - Salem: There were eight days of measurable snowfall in 1951, but the highest March snowfall in Salem was on March 2, 1960, when 6.7 inches fell. The latest snowfall was 0.1 inches onApril 8, 1972. - "Historic snow records can be a bit sp&ty," Dello said last week. "In some places, the overnight snowfall might be at near-record levels. There also is a lot of local variation. We've had volunteer observers with the CoCoRaHS program measure more than six inches of snow outside of Eugene today, and 4.5 inches in Monroe of southern Benton Coun- ty." The program - known as the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network - helps experts enhance their snow obser- vations by measuring and reporting local levels. More information on the program is available at: http:// www.cocorahs.org/Maps/ViewMap. aspx?state=usa. Dello frequently provides weather facts and historical data via Twitter at: www.twitter.com/orcli- matesvc "What was unusual was that strong a front moving through and- staying as long as it did," Mackey said. The snow gave way to clear skies by the end of the week,- and Saturday brought warm weather. "Take a picture because you won't see it again for awhile," Mackey said. Rain and showers are on the agenda for this week. "We're hoping we're out of the snow season for the valley," Mackey said. OSU Writer Mark Floyd con- tributed to this article. "Th e Re a I D e a l" PRIMASING MOTORS (541) 258-8191 1-800-225-4670 1211 SOUTH MAIN ST., AT THE "Y" IN LEBANON WWW.PR MAS NGMOTORS.COM