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Storms bode well for ID farmers, power producers

All of Idaho’s 22 river basins have received more snow and rainfall than average since October, a bright sign for farmers, power producers and the recreation economy in 2011.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service also reports that through Dec. 29, water in the snowpack is above average in all but three northern or northcentral Idaho basins.

With snow-laden storms rolling through the region now, more life-sustaining precipitation is on the way.

For instance, Idaho ski resorts were reporting more than three feet of snow in just three days.

Important for Idaho’s agricultural economy, in particular, are river basins in the southern mountains that feed the Snake River, an area susceptible to drought.

Those basins are among those where the heaviest snows have fallen, so far, with the Raft Basin near the Utah border reporting 161 percent of average.

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