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Baker basks in 76-degree weather


S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Engineers and crew with the Oregon Department of  Transportation connect about 10 electrical sensors at critical areas on the underside of the Bridge Street bridge Tuesday morning. Tests were being done to determine the present load capacity of the bridge. Flaggers directed traffic safely through the area until early afternoon. Sensors would reveal the amount of stress bearing down on concrete and steel from an ODOT truck loaded with about 50,000 pounds of rock, according to John Snyder, an ODOT employee. Wires connected sensors to laptop computers on shore, where engineers accumulated data to be reviewed later at their Salem office.
S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Engineers and crew with the Oregon Department of Transportation connect about 10 electrical sensors at critical areas on the underside of the Bridge Street bridge Tuesday morning. Tests were being done to determine the present load capacity of the bridge. Flaggers directed traffic safely through the area until early afternoon. Sensors would reveal the amount of stress bearing down on concrete and steel from an ODOT truck loaded with about 50,000 pounds of rock, according to John Snyder, an ODOT employee. Wires connected sensors to laptop computers on shore, where engineers accumulated data to be reviewed later at their Salem office.

Tuesday was the sort of day that happens only once a year.

Spring, the genuine article, arrived in Baker County.

Lawnmowers buzzed. 

Short-sleeve shirts emerged from hibernation.

Lilac leaves thrust a little farther from their buds.

The temperature topped out at 76 degrees at the airport, making Tuesday the warmest day in more than half a year.

(79 degrees on Sept. 20, 2013.)

Balmy though it was, Tuesday didn’t set a new standard for April 8.

The record high for the date is 82 degrees, set in 1996.

But lest you feel shortchanged, temperature-wise, consider this:

The average high temperature for April 8 is 56 degrees.

And the high on that date last year? 48.

 
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