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Weather Conditions at the Reil Ranch
& Date of Last Data Upload: 21 Aug 2015 11:25 AM
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I am pleased to now offer you a valley floor forecast, specific to
Crouch and the floor of Garden Valley, and a "Regional Forecast"
that will be more accurate for the upper elevations surrounding
Garden Valley, useful for those living higher up on Castle Mountain,
in Mountain Shadows, and elsewhere. Hopefully
these two very different forecasts will help overcome those forecast
errors caused by micro-climate anomalies in Garden Valley that are
due to elevation differences. I think this will be
a major improvement in Garden Valley forecasting.
Garden Valley Floor Elevation Forecast
Elevations in Garden Valley)
Area Zone Forecast
NWS Weather Radar Animation
Web Site Map
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 change.
Manually Tabulated Winter Data
Reil Ranch Weather Station
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 Date:
* * * * * *
Snowfall Total, Winter 2014-2015,
Snowfall Total, Winter 2013-2014, 41.4"
Snowfall Total, Winter 2012-2013, 50.75"
Snowfall Total, Winter 2011-2012, 81.75"
First Snowfall winter 2014-2015: 13 Nov 2014, 12"
First Snowfall winter 2013-2014: 6 Nov, 2013, 3.0"
First Snowfall winter 2012-2013: 23 Oct 2012, 0.25"
First Snowfall winter 2011-2012: 5 Nov 2011, 0.25"
Last Snowfall winter 2011-2012: 20 Mar, 1.5"
Last Snowfall winter 2012-2013: 22 May, flurries
Last Snowfall winter 2013-2014: Apr 2, 2-3/8" wet snow
Last Snowfall winter 2014-2015: 5 Apr 2015 Trace
(Figures in parentheses indicate hourly change)
Date and Time:
| 21 Aug 2015 11:25 AM
| 71.6°F (8.4)
| 36.8°F (-0.4)
| 71.6°F (8.4)
| 1 MPH (1)
| W by N
| 26.65 inHg (-0.01)
| 0.00 in/h (0.00)
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 history logged.
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: 619 Watts/M2
Current UV Index: 4.6
Current UV (change in the last hour): 4.6
Highest UV Today: 4.9
at 11:18 AM
Average UV Today: 0.9
Average UV This Week: 1.3
Average UV This Month: 1.7
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
. The 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
& Sunset Times
Sunrise Today: 6:54 AM
Today: 8:38 PM
Hours of Sunlight Today:
Sunrise Tomorrow: 6:55 AM
Tomorrow: 8:37 PM
Hours of Sunlight Tomorrow:
Webcam Movies and stills
save the videos listed below to disk and view them with your own
viewer, or watch them directly in your browser. Downloading them to
disk first will allow you to drag the corner of your viewer window
out to enlarge it if you wish. The videos are between 3.0 and 12
megs in size, so expect a short download time depending on your
connection speed. The video viewing time may be as short as 12
seconds for an hour long time-lapse sequence, to as long as 2
minutes for a full day time-lapse sequence. I have discontinued the
hourly time-lapse videos.
First Brief Snow 10/27/2009
Intense Hail Storm 3/30/2010
Weather - A full Day (streaming)
Spring Day" w/music (streaming)
Weather Spotter Newsletter
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.
Relative to This Weather Page and Garden Valley
Be sure to check the date and time for each map. The lightning maps are
delayed data maps.
Tapeworm Dangers Fact Sheet
Station's Historical Records
GOES Satellite Image
& PNW Current Lightning & Probability Maps
60 Minute Lightning Strike Map
IDZ403 Fire Weather Forecast
Valley Fire Protection District Home Page
Idaho Earthquake Information & Map
Clickable Fault Information Map
from Our 1st and 2nd year of Preparedness Seminars
Web Site Map
Location & Info
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. Our location in the Central Idaho mountains has
coordinates of 44¬? 6.703" N, 115¬? 57.556" W, and an elevation of
3,051'. This is a deep snow area, so I will also include storm
snowfall totals, and total snowfall to date, snow measurements.
Page by: Ron Reil
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2 Feb 2015
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