El Niño showers bring May flowers

All winter, El Niño keep Idaho and the Pacific Northwest dry following the trend that the tropical Pacific Ocean currents follow in years like this.

But El Niño also has followed through on the trend, turning around in April and dropping loads of spring precipitation on the region.

A series of thunderstorms loaded with hail and frequent downpours marched through the valleys. And snow piled up in the mountains. The Panhandle, which has been the driest region all winter reported 19 inches of snow April 28.

April’s precipitation topped out at 130-140% of average in the Upper Snake, south of the Snake, and in the Panhandle. Cap that off with cool temperatures and Idaho’s water supply looks good at least for this year.

Still many basins are below normal at 55 to 70 percent of average, the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service says.

And you know what May

And you know what May flowers bring?

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Pilgrims
sorry- couldn't resist

The Mayflower Madam

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Wrong - not El Nino

"The El Nino weather pattern snapped the last week of March and storms since then have brought average or better precipitation" said Ron Abramovich, NRCS water supply specialist.

It was the LACK of El Nino that allowed our weather to change.

Nobody gave ME any flowers ;-p

Or sang me love songs either.

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Flower for FO

The glacier lilies and shooting stars are still blooming in a few places. The wild strawberries and heart leafed arnicas are blooming now.

As far as I can tell, this is a "Blue-Eyed Mary":

http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/273/bf1a.jpg

Very tiny - the biggest leaf is 1/2 an inch long.

Thank you.

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May flowers

Nice pic, YP! Here's what we have going in the west Cascades of Oregon:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2066540&id=1209837274&l=849bc5629d