A coupe of wet months has greatly brightened the snow pack picture throughout the state, and Wallowa County's Mount Howard leads the pack.
At a reading taken Tuesday the 7,910-foot elevation Mount Howard Snotel site had the highest percentage of snow water equivalent in the state of Oregon at 135 percent of the 30-year average. The reading was 22.8 inches of water equivalent. Mount Howard is the highest elevation snotel site in the state.
In the second criteria recorded at the Snotel site, total precipitation, Mount Howard's reading was at 101 percent of the 30-year average with 32.8 inches recorded.
Both readings at the second snotel site in Wallowa County, Aneroid Lake No. 2, were very close to normal. The snow water equivalent statistic recorded 25.3 inches or 97 percent of average. The total precipitation mark at 34 inches was 98 percent of the 30-year norm of 34.6 inches.
Aneroid Lake No. 2 is the third highest snotel site in Oregon behind Mount Howard and the 7,900 ft. Fish Creek snotel site in the Harney Basin.
"Right now we have a fairly normal snow year," said Tom Smith, of Natural Resources Conservation Service, noting that normal looks pretty good after the past few years.