Winter is coming — Are you ready?

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise
ONTARIO – Winter is coming, and area residents need to be prepared.
That was the main theme of the Malheur County Emergency Management Team meeting last week.
The session, held at the Oregon Department of Human Services offices in Ontario, included representatives from the Department of Human Services, the Owyhee Irrigation District, Malheur County Health Department, emergency services workers and city managers from Vale, Ontario and Nyssa.
Jay Breidenbach, a meteorologist at the Boise office of the National Weather Service, told the group that the first part of the winter – roughly October, November and December – will deliver warmer than normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.
Breidenbach emphasized that conclusion is an estimate.
That’s because, he said, the further out weather predictions go, the less precise they are.
“That probably means rain, depending on the weather. It could be snow but it would be . . .