- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) - Farmers in northeastern Oregon say they’d still welcome a late winter blizzard to bolster the region’s snowpack, but recent measurements show that the snowpack is already above average.

The Baker City Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1RwDma5 ) that February was drier and warmer than usual, but storms from late November through January helped build up the snow.

At 17 of the 18 snow-measuring sites in Baker, Grant, Union and Wallowa counties have higher water content than they did in early March 2015. In most of those cases, the current water content is at least 30 percent higher than it was a year ago.

Farmers told the Baker City Herald that the snowpack is inspiring optimism about water availability during the upcoming summer.


Information from: Baker City Herald, https://www.bakercityherald.com/

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