Climate is the long-term average of weather, typically averaged over a period of 30 years. More rigorously, it denotes the mean and variability of meteorological variables over a time spanning from months to millions of years.
Idaho Climate Services is a resource of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate. Our goal is to promote public understanding of climate science and climate-related events, and to provide a service to Idahoans to make climate-related decisions with tools and resources that help them answer specific questions.
The Idaho Climate Services is recognized by the American Association of State Climatologists as Idaho State Climate Services. Established in the 1970’s.
Idaho Climate Services is hosted by University of Idaho Extension.
Russell Qualls, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor, Idaho State Climatologist
Engineering Physics 407
Courses: environmental hydrology, northwest climate and water resources change, engineering fluid mechanics
Areas of Expertise: satellite remote sensing of mountain snowpack, snowmelt runoff modeling, modeling of evapotranspiration