August Sets Record For Rain In The Magic Valley


By Brian Neudorff

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Five and a half inches of rain, that’s what was recorded at the Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls during the month of August.

“That’s amazing, that’s the wettest month ever recorded in 50 years of record keeping here in Twin Falls. Pretty phenomenal month,” points out Jay Breidenbach, Warning Coordinating Meteorologist from the National Weather Service.

The majority of the rain fell in two days across the Magic Valley on August 5th and the 6th.
“It’s interesting on August 5th we had one point seven inches of rain right here in Twin Falls. The most it had ever been recorded in a single day before that was one point six three inches, and that was in a February event,” says Jay Breidenbach “…and then you know what happened the next day, two inches fell.”

The resulting flooding was truly unique because of a localized feature called a meso low formed and stalled right over the region.
Thunderstorms were a result of monsoon moisture streaming in from the desert southwest. They added an additional two inches to our precipitation totals.

Jerome and Twin Falls set record for the wettest August on record and Twin Falls 5.57" of rain in the month made it the wettest month ever.

“Fortunately we are doing a little better in the Magic Valley, you look at say Magic Reservoir, that’s still pretty empty, and that dates back to what has happened in previous years. Only 4.5 inches of rain in all of 2013. So just one wet month it’s kind of tough to make up for drought in whole region,” says Breidenbach.

Meteorologist Troy Lindquist, Service Hydrologist from the National Weather Service in Boise explains “drought is a creeping phenomenon, it happens slowly, you slowly start to see the impacts grow. Similarly as you start to move out of drought it may take a while for the impacts to be felt and actually back out of the drought conditions.”

Drought conditions for southern Idaho remain severe to extreme. It will take several months of average to above average rain fall for us to see an impact in the current drought.

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