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Russell Qualls, State Climatologist

Mailing Address:
Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0904
Moscow, Idaho 83844-0904

Phone: 208-885-6184

Email: rqualls@uidaho.edu

Web: uidaho.edu/climate-services

Climate and Weather Resources

Historical climate data for Idaho

  • Access historical climate data from land-based weather stations in Idaho through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
  • Climate Normals (30-year averages of temperature and precipitation) calculated by NCEI

Drought

  • The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) provides maps of current drought conditions, forecasts and other drought information for Idaho and the U.S. Idaho Climate Service partners with Idaho agencies to assess evolving drought conditions and demarcate drought severity boundaries for the USDM maps.

Mountain snow

  • Most of the water found in Idaho’s rivers, streams, lakes and even groundwater originates as winter snowpack in the mountains. Spring and summer snowmelt delivers runoff to rivers where it provides recreation, irrigation, environmental flows, municipal and industrial supplies, and a myriad of other uses.
  • Maps of real-time mountain snow observations from the Snow Telemetry Network operated by the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Streamflow and water supply

  • Access data from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Hydromet network of Hydrologic and Meteorologic monitoring stations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
  • Access U.S. Geological Survey Streamflow data for Idaho.

Evaporation

  • Evaporation affects the amount of irrigation water needed to grow crops. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s AgriMet network collects weather data and calculates evaporation at a network of stations across Idaho and the western U.S.

Current Weather

Map of current weather observations across Idaho from the National Weather Service.

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Weather Alerts

Winter Storm Watch issued February 23 at 2:05PM PST until February 26 at 4:00PM PST by NWS Spokane WA

* WHAT...Heavy snow possible for elevations above 3000 feet. Total snow accumulations up to 16 inches possible. Valleys below 3000 feet, snow accumulations up to 2 inches. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. * WHERE...Sandpoint, Eastport, Clark Fork, Osburn, Wallace, Bonners Ferry, Priest River, Fernwood, Athol, Fourth Of July Pass, Pinehurst, Mullan, Lookout Pass, St. Maries, Kellogg, Schweitzer Mountain Road, and Dobson Pass. * WHEN...From late Saturday night through Monday afternoon. Read more

Wind Advisory issued February 23 at 1:47PM PST until February 26 at 1:00AM PST by NWS Spokane WA

* WHAT...Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected. * WHERE...Fairfield, Coeur d'Alene, Spokane Valley, Post Falls, Cheney, Worley, Waterville, Mansfield, Harrington, Badger Mountain Road, Rockford, Odessa, Wilbur, Coulee City, Grand Coulee, Airway Heights, Creston, Downtown Spokane, Ritzville, Davenport, and Hayden. * WHEN...From 2 PM Sunday to 1 AM PST Monday. * IMPACTS...Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects. Read more

Contact

Russell Qualls, State Climatologist

Mailing Address:
Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0904
Moscow, Idaho 83844-0904

Phone: 208-885-6184

Email: rqualls@uidaho.edu

Web: uidaho.edu/climate-services