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Storms paint better picture of region’s snowpack

WEATHER -- February's storms are loading the region's mountains with snow, presenting a better picture for outdoor recreation that depends on water, including anglers and river runners.

However, we need another snow dance or two for the Idaho Panhandle.  March can be a good month.

Here's the report from NOAA that goes with the map graphic above:

Considerable snowfall across the region in February served to pump up the water content in the area's snowpack. This image depicts the current Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) as a percent of normal as measured by the region's snow telemetry (SNOWTEL) sensors.

SNOWTEL is operated by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The data from these sensors is available online.  

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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