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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.  

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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