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Current Weather Conditions at the Reil Ranch

  Garden Valley, Idaho

(About 3/4 mile East of Crouch)

"Global Warming," Fact or Fiction?

Time & Date of Last Data Upload: 23 Feb 2019 9:03 PM
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Weather Warnings
Alerts Bulletin for IDZ013/IDC039
Issued by the National Weather Service

There is one item in this advisory.


Title: Winter Storm Warning
Start: 2019-02-23T05:32:00-07:00
End: 2019-02-26T17:00:00-07:00
Issued by: NWS Boise (Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon)


.A storm system is moving into the Pacific Northwest today, and will last into early next week. This will bring a prolonged period of moderate to heavy snowfall to the central Idaho mountains, and light to moderate snow to Baker County and the Upper Weiser River Basin. Snow has already begun in the mountains as of 5 am this morning. Starting this afternoon, gusty winds will accompany the snowfall resulting in blowing and drifting snow in some areas. Light snow accumulations are possible in the Snake Plain this morning through Sunday morning, with a changeover to rain Sunday afternoon. Sheltered low-elevation valleys in Baker county and the Weiser River basin could hold onto snow into Monday.


* WHAT ... Heavy snow and blowing snow. Travel will be very difficult to impossible at times. Total snow accumulations of 18 inches to 3 feet, with localized amounts up to 5 feet in the highest west-facing elevations, are expected. Gusty winds will develop starting this afternoon and last through Tuesday, resulting in blowing and drifting snow.

* WHERE ... West Central Mountains, Boise Mountains and Camas Prairie zones.

* WHEN ... Until 5 PM MST Tuesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS ... Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.


A Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow means severe winter weather conditions are occurring. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Forecasts & Misc.

Garden Valley Area and Regional Forecast

Boise Area Zone Forecast

Boise NWS Weather Radar Animation

Snowfall at Reil Ranch Weather Station
Crouch's historic average total snowfall: 75"
This Update: 23 Feb 2019: 10:00 AM
Snowfall Measurement: 4-1/4"
 Storm Total at This Time: 4-1/4"
Snowfall Total to Date: 79-3/4"
*Note: none

See the rest of manually tabulated winter data halfway down the page.

Current Boise Weather Radar
Weather radar for Boise and Garden

Current Web Cam Image
This is a Webcam image of our horse and donkey barn, shot from a waterproof webcam housing on the upper NE corner of my blacksmith/decorative metalworking shop. Most of the time there isn't a lot to see unless we have a snowstorm or thunderstorm in progress. Things are usually pretty laid back here on the ranch. The picture is taken looking NNW up the valley of the Middle Fork of the Payette River. If it is winter you may be able to see little more than piled up snow with the peak of the barn sticking out above. The snow berm can reach 16-18 feet, the limit of my tractor's bucket reach.

Webcam is off-line for the night.

Current Station Readings
(Figures in parentheses indicate hourly change)

 Date and Time:

  23 Feb 2019 9:03 PM


  31.9°F (-0.2)

 Dew Point:

  30.1°F (0.1)

 Wind Chill:

  31.9°F (-0.2)

 Wind Speed:

  0 MPH (0)

 Wind Direction:

  NW by N


  27.11 inHg (-0.01)


  0.09 in/h (0.04)

 Current Conditions:

  Light Rain


All dials with comms image

Manually Tabulated & Historical Winter Data
bullet Note: All data values below are in "inches." Also, these values are hand tabulated and entered on this page manually, so they will not be updated in the same quarter-hourly cycle as the rest of the data. I will update this data after each significant snowfall or storm when time permits. The snowfall measurements are taken near the location of my weather station on Anderson Creek Road, so they will likely not match snowfall depths in other locations in Garden Valley, especially up the Middle Fork drainage, or on the mountain slopes nearby where depths twice to three times what I record may occur.

Yearly Snowfall Totals
2017-2018: 68.50"
2016-2017: 109.5"
2015-2016: 57.90"
2014-2015: 58.75"
2013-2014: 41.40"

2012-2013: 50.75"
2011-2012: 81.75"

First Snowfall of the Season
2018-2019: 1 Oct 2018, Flurries
2017-2018: 13 Oct 2017, 0.25"
2016-2017: 28 Nov 2016, 2-3/8"
2015-2016: 17 Nov 2015, 0.9"
2014-2015: 13 Nov 2014, 12"
2013-2014: 6 Nov, 2013, 3.0"
2012-2013: 23 Oct 2012, 0.25"
2011-2012: 5 Nov 2011, 0.25"

Last Snowfall of the Season
2017-2018: 17 Apr 2018, Flurries
2016-2017: 14 Apr 2017, 0.50"

2015-2016: 16 Mar 2016, Trace
2014-2015: 5 Apr 2015, Trace
2013-2014: 2 Apr, 2-3/8"
2012-2013: 22 May, Flurries
2011-2012: 20 Mar, 1.5"

Solar Radiation
Note: Snow is an almost perfect UV reflector, so if any snow falls and remains on the UV detector it will not register any UV radiation, while in fact there may be intense radiation from the sky, as well as UV reflected upward from the surface of the snow. Therefore, if you look at the UV Index and do not see any indication of UV radiation, we may still have a dangerous level of radiation present. So please use care even if the UV Index shows a zero reading.

Solar Radiation: 0 Watts/M2                     Current UV Index: 0.0

UV Index Chart

UV Statistics
Current UV (change in the last hour):
0.0 (0.0)
Highest UV Today: 2.9 at 1:32 PM
Average UV Today: 0.4
Average UV This Week: 0.4
Average UV This Month: 0.3

Sunrise & Sunset Times

Sunrise Today:
7:30 AM       Sunset Today: 6:24 PM

Hours of Sunlight Today: 10:54

Sunrise Tomorrow: 7:29 AM       Sunset Tomorrow: 6:25 PM

Hours of Sunlight Tomorrow: 10:56

Current"Sage Winds" Weather Spotter Newsletter (pdf)
This monthly newsletter includes lots of useful weather and climate information for the average person as well as the trained weather spotter. The seasonal long term forecasts, monthly forecasts, and current weather discussions can be found here. Note: I no longer maintain a long term archive of back copies.

Spring Issue

Links Relative to This Weather Page and Garden Valley
Note: Be sure to check the date and time for each map. The lightning maps are delayed data maps.

Wolf Tapeworm Dangers Fact Sheet

Weather Events Journal

PNW 60 Minute Lightning Strike Map

Zone IDZ403 Fire Weather Forecast

Garden Valley Fire Protection District Home Page

Idaho Clickable Fault Information Map

My Web Site Map

Weather Station Location & Info
The data source for this weather page is my "Vantage Pro2 Plus" weather station, which is equipped with a fan aspirated temperature sensor, additional solar sensors, and a rain gauge snow melting heater for winter. The weather station is located above my lower south pasture where there is nothing to interfere with wind or precipitation measurements. I also want to thank Garden Valley Fire for agreeing to host my weather page. I provide this weather page as a service to Garden Valley at no cost to Garden Valley Fire District, nor its patrons.

Page by: Ron Reil
Email Contact: ron_reil (a t) frontiernet (d o t) net
  22 Jan 2019
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