Winter Precipitation Arrives In March

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Written by SCO guide Skooter Gardiner

Snowpack and Water Update – 4/9/2012

March was our 4th wettest month since 1967.  6½ feet of snow (79.5”)  fell on top of Baldy throughout the month of March (much was rain below 7,000’), yet it brought a below average winter season to near average levels.  The Big Wood River snowpack on March 1st stood at 79% of normal and rose to 98% by April 1st; compared to those same dates last year which started with 80% and climbed to 101%.

The snowpack continued to build through the spring last year, climbing to 123% in May and 161% in June.  Last June was awash in high water with the exception of Silver Creek.  This year the precipitation forecast is trending toward average for May and June, which along the current trend line should yield good water levels to chase trout this June.

Skooter Gardiner

How much is too much? Well that depends on how fast it melts!

Links to  related stories:

ftp://ftp-fc.sc.egov.usda.gov/ID/snow/watersupply/bor/2012/borid412.pdf

 

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