Tuesday, April 8, 2014

March Rain, Snow up to 190 Percent of Average

Posted By on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 10:03 AM

You weren't imagining that longer-than-usual ski and snowboard season, nor are your eyes tricking you when you see the Boise River's high waterline. That's because precipitation in February and March in and around the Treasure Valley was as much as 190 percent of the average for those months, the Spokesman-Review reports

According to a press release from the Boise Project Board of Control, dry weather between October and January had the Treasure Valley headed for a poor irrigation season. Precipitation over the last 60 days turned this spring into a "good and/or normal" irrigation season. 

"We are now projecting the irrigation season could be normal and/or near normal season due to the precipitation that has moved through the state in the last two months," said Boise Project Manager Tim Page. 

While that's good news for outdoor enthusiasts eager to get in a few days of spring skiing up at Bogus Basin, it's better news for area agricultural enterprises. The water allotment for irrigation, when set, is projected to be near two feet per acre, but could be as high as two-and-a-half feet per acre.
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