Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Winter hangs on across Idaho

The Portneuf range is covered with snow, cool temps slow growing season in Southeast Idaho--Joann Kington photo
Winter holds on across Idaho
Boise--Over the weekend Treasure Valley residents woke up to three inches of snow in the Boise Foothills and endured a record 1.4 inches of rain along with frigid 40-degree temperatures. According to the National Weather Service the Bogus and Owyhee Basins were buried under more than a foot of heavy, wet snow.

“The corn’s yellow and it’s because of the cool temperatures,” said Middleton Farmer Sid Freeman. “Nothing’s growing; there’s no sugars being created in the plant to keep them green and lush, no photosynthesis going on at all. The weather is stressing them out,” he sighs.

Ron Abramovich of National Resource and Conservation Service reports that the Bogus Basin got 16 inches of snow, “1.6 inches of water in one of the biggest dumps ever in Bogus Basin data,” said Abramovich. “It was caused by a rare low-pressure system spinning over the Treasure Valley from Bogus Basin to Sugar Butte.”

Early reports from the NRCS last winter warned of water shortages late in the season. “We were questioning whether we would fill the reservoirs earlier this year, but the rain and cool temperatures should fill the system,” added Abramovich. “Once you fill the system it changes water rights and with the carry-over from last year; so it’s all good news in terms of water supply.”

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