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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- A wet October got Idaho's new water
year off on the right foot, but the outlook for snow through the
winter is not optimistic.
Above average rainfall last month got the ground moist so that
more of the melt from the winter snowpack will reach the reservoirs
rather than soak in next spring.
"We didn't get a lot of yield from the snowmelt last spring," said
Lyle Swank, an engineer with the Idaho Department of Water Resources.
"But with this wet before the cold, we've got a better chance of
getting more runoff from the same amount of snow."
Even with the right start, however, the end of the drought will
require heavier than normal snowfall this month through March and no
break in cold temperatures, Swank and other experts agree.
That is something the National Weather Service's long-term
forecast does not anticipate.
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