Monday, April 6, 2009

Idaho Snowpack Improves in March

Deer Point,Boise Foothills, originally uploaded by Jake Putnam

Boise--Snowpack levels gained ground throughout the month of March, making up for a sluggish February.

A series of Northwest storms combined with freezing temperatures added to summer irrigation water. The Clearwater Basin stands at 102-percent of normal, the Salmon Basin 98-percent of normal, the Upper Snake is 101-percent of normal, Weiser Basin is 99-percent of normal, Bear River Basin is 97-percent of normal according to NRCS in Boise.

The cold temperatures have kept runoff to a minimum this past month, warm temps on Sunday did'nt greatly affect runoff, it'll take weeks of 80 degree weather to melt mountain snow and that wont happen typically until Memorial Day weekend.

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