Between the months of November and May, Idaho typically sees about 75% of its annual precipitation. 

However, our snowfall this season has been below average, as the Almanac predicted. 

 

Photo by Will Smith on Unsplash
Photo by Will Smith on Unsplash
loading...

 

Boise received 4.6 inches of snow in January, which is below the average of 6.9 inches, according to the National Weather Service. 

Other areas in Idaho (like McCall) have also gotten significantly lower amounts than usual. 

So in lieu of a particularly dry winter, this is alarming for a number of reasons.

 

The Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute (HCRI) at Boise State explains why having a dry winter is so detrimental: Idaho is already known for its dry summers. But dry summers that follow dry winters may cause extreme drought. 

 

“Low winter precipitation leads to reduced mountain snowpack, which results in lower streamflows during spring and summer, decreased reservoir storage, and decreased water supply through the warm and dry season.” - HCRI

 

As the climate continues to get warmer, this could lead to dire consequences for our farmers, our ecosystem and our state as a whole. Furthermore, increased drought may lead to more intense fire seasons. 

 

Photo by Malachi Brooks on Unsplash
Photo by Malachi Brooks on Unsplash
loading...

Last year, Idaho was ranked the second in the nation for the highest wildfire risk, with Montana coming in at first.

We were projected to have the worst fire season we've ever seen last year, and this year, the precipitation levels are even lower.

 

While it's impossible to know for sure what this dry winter will mean, it certainly doesn't look good.

We're hopeful for more precipitation as the months go on, but we're scared that this may mean a higher frequency of devastating fires.

Is 2022 On Its Way to the Worst Fire Season in Idaho?

Here's a list of five things we absolutely hate about Idaho's fire seasons:

Boise Firefighters Are Too Hot to Handle in New 2022 Calendar

To help raise money for the Community Assistance Fund, Boise Firefighters Local 149 is releasing a steamy 2022 calendar!

Boise House Fire Brings Devastation & Begs Question: How Can We Stop This?

A recent house fire in Garden City brings light to the increased frequency of these tragedies.