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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Speaking of Snow...What is a SNOTEL?

In case you ever wondered (like I did) what a SNOTEL is?  SNOTEL's are U.S. Department of Agriculture sites that measure snow powder across Idaho.  In fact, they exist in Kootenai County locally in the following cities; Rathdrum, Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene, Spirit Lake, Athol, Harrison and Worley.

 There are a total of 84 sites in Idaho, that measure snow depth, weight and water content.  Many also keep track of soil moisture, humidity and wind speed.  The data they collect is beamed through radio signals to a station in Boise, where it helps to determine how much snow melt they can expect in the spring.  Here is a link to an article in the Idaho Press on nearly everything you wanted to know about them.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

KMPO's Board of Directors oversees KMPO for Kootenai County, ID. KMPO's Executive Director and Staff are responsible for day-to-day operational and administrative needs.