Baker County hasn’t seen a February like this one in, well, maybe never.
A month that generally offers something of a respite from winter has instead delivered a nearly incessant series of storms that have boosted mountain snowpacks well above average.
At the Baker City Airport, where some of the precipitation has fallen as rain, this is likely to be the wettest February since record-keeping started in 1943.
As of this morning, February’s precipitation total at the Airport was 1.52 inches.
That’s more than double the long-time monthly average of 0.63 of an inch, and it ranks second on the all-time list behind only 1986’s total of 1.66 inches.
With snow still falling, and the parade of storms forecast to continue, that record probably will fall this week.
The persistently cold, wet weather has had a dramatic effect on mountain snowpacks since Feb. 1.
At Schneider Meadows north of Halfway, for instance, the snow depth has increased from 60 inches on Feb. 1 to 114 inches this morning.
The water content of the snow has risen from 18.1 inches to 32.5 inches.
At Eilertson Meadow, in the Elkhorn Mountains west of Haines, the snow depth has doubled, from 30 inches on Feb. 1 to 60 inches this morning. The water content, at 14.9 inches, is 62 percent above average.