May’s Pretty Mess

By Jayson Jacoby, The Baker City Herald

Dampest day since December litters sidewalks with tree blossoms

By Jayson Jacoby

May was seriously in arrears, rain-wise.

And despite Sunday's heavy showers, it still is.

A total of .30 of an inch of rain fell during the day at the Baker City Airport.

It was the dampest day not only for the month, but since Dec. 20, 2013, when a snowstorm pummeled the airport with the liquid equivalent of .41 of an inch.

Sunday's deluge was hardly unusual for May.

It is statistically speaking the wettest month in Baker County, with an average of 1.46 inches of rain.

(June, by the way, ranks second, at 1.31 inches. Those two months combine for disproportionate share of the yearly rainfall, accounting for 27 percent of the annual average of 10.13 inches.)

So far, though, this May has failed to fulfill its rainy reputation.

Even after Sunday the monthly total is a paltry .47 of an inch.

See more in Monday's issue of the Baker City Herald.

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