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Current Weather Conditions at the Reil Ranch
Garden Valley, Idaho
(About 3/4 mile East of
Time & Date of Last Data
Upload: 20 Sep 2017 8:19 AMWeather Warnings - None
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Forecasts & Misc.
I am sorry to report that the local "Crouch & Garden Valley Floor
Elevation Forecast" was no longer being kept current by the NWS. The
daily forecast icons were OK, but the forecast snow or rain totals
expected were far from being reasonable, or in keeping with either the
area forecasts or storm warning forecasts. So I have removed the Crouch
and valley floor elevation forcast from the page. Please use the "Regional Forecast" instead.
Garden Valley Area and Regional Forecast
Boise Area Zone Forecast
Boise NWS Weather Radar
Current Boise Weather Radar
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. Our last four winters have not
produced significant snowfall depths, but that can easily
Current Station Readings
(Figures in parentheses indicate hourly change)
Date and Time:
| 20 Sep 2017 8:19 AM
| 42.2°F (0.7)
| 42.2°F (0.7)
| 0 MPH (-1)
| W by N
| 26.67 inHg (0.01)
| 0.00 in/h (0.00)
| Heavy Clouds
Note: These graphs may be
displayed in either 24-hour or 7-day format. If I lose a
data set due to technical problems, I will switch back to a
24 hour format until I have at least one full day of data
Manually Tabulated & Historical Winter
Snowfall at Reil Ranch Weather Station
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, and
on the mountain slopes nearby where depths twice to three
times what I record may occur.
Total at This Time:
Snowfall Total to
* * * * * *
Yearly Snowfall Totals
First Snowfall of the Season
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
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"
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: 53
Current UV Index: 0.0
Current UV (change in the last hour): 0.0
Highest UV Today:
Average UV Today:
Average UV This Week: 0.4
Average UV This Month: 0.8
Theoretical Cloud Base Elevation
The following graph of "Cloud Base"
elevation is the result of a totally theoretical calculation
involving the air temperature at ground level, current
relative humidity, and the theoretical "adiabatic lapse rate."
It assumes uniformly changing conditions in the vertical air
column, which of course is most often not the case, especially
in mountainous regions
graph will still show a theoretical cloud base even when there
are no clouds in the sky. The calculated cloud base height is simply the
theoretical height, above
the weather station, where the air temperature will
have decreased enough (adiabatic lapse rate) to reach the dew
point. For those living in Garden Valley, if you look at
Charters Mountain or Garden Mountain, both about 7000' in
elevation, and see clouds touching their tops, and then look
at the graph below, and it indicates the cloud base is close
to 7000', then you know the atmospheric conditions are
relatively uniform, and match the theoretical rates of change
as you move up the air column. I include this graph only for your
Sunrise & Sunset Times
Sunrise Today: 7:29 AM
Hours of Sunlight Today:
Tomorrow: 7:42 PM
Hours of Sunlight Tomorrow:
Current"Sage Winds" Weather Spotter
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.
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
PNW 60 Minute Lightning Strike
Zone IDZ403 Fire Weather
Garden Valley Fire Protection
District Home Page
Latest Idaho Earthquake Map
Idaho Clickable Fault
My Web Site Map
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
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17 Nov 2015
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