There has been a serious lack of snow in this area this winter. We had about 6 inches at Christmas time here in the valley, with more in the mountains. But that was it. Then rain came and recently caused a serious snow melt in the mountains, as well. 70 inches of snow soon became 40 on the summit. But this week, we had snow again, only 3 inches or so down low. The skies then cleared and the clouds were glorious, all of them crowning the surrounding mountains of the Grande Ronde Valley.