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Published: Friday, Jan. 30 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

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We have record snow levels in Idaho, where I live.

Never fails

Even if things aren't gloomy the Media have to portray them that way.

From the article we learn that while January was drier than normal the overall snowpack in the state and along the Wasatch Front is still in good shape, with several drainages having above average precipitation.

There is a bright side, however: At least the author didn't blame it on Global Warming.

Snow Job

Do weathermen not understand averages? Every time they report on the weather they act like it is abnormal to not be at the average snow pack, temperature, rainfall or whatever they are reporting. Did they not take a statistics class or are they just trying to sensationalize the news all the time. Maybe they should start reporting things that would actually make help us understand what is going on. Maybe reporting standard deviation or the mode or something useful. The average is nice but it doesn't tell us much.


This article and its headline is not well-written. There hasn't been a lack of storms in Janaury. Do you not remember the recent spate of storms? January has been a very wet month at many locales. Spanish Fork has had 5" of precipitation and the normal is less than 2 inches. Many of the local mountains (including Sundance) have had dobule the normal precipitation during the month. Yes, we did have a dry period but the recent storms more than made up for it.

The snowpack hasn't been shrinking recently. It actually dropped during the earlier dry bout with high pressure and the ensuing temperature inversion. With the recent storms, it got back up to "average." Now it's going to drop again and then when the February storms start rolling in, it will go back up.

Welcome to Utah! Don't worry, be happy! There is plenty of water in them th'ar hills.


89.5% average snowpack. Whew! At least we haven't dropped to 89%!


the avalanche danger isn't high from provo to logan. in fact, it's not even considerable. it's moderate (to low).

who writes this stuff?


check your facts Dug. The avalanche danger is considerable with pockets of high.

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