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Has Boise seemed unusually rainy this spring? Here’s how much rain has fallen in April

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Earl Ourada has been gathering weather data from his ranch northwest of Boise for almost 60 years. His daily readings help meteorologists at the National Weather confirm their forecasts.
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Earl Ourada has been gathering weather data from his ranch northwest of Boise for almost 60 years. His daily readings help meteorologists at the National Weather confirm their forecasts.

A Saturday thunderstorm in Boise added around a quarter-inch of rain to an already wetter-than-average April, according to the local branch of the National Weather Service.

According to NWS meteorologist Stefanie Henry, the Weather Service recorded .22 inches of rain at its office from the storm. A mile away at the Boise Airport, records showed the storm dropped .32 inches.

The additional rainfall brought the precipitation total for April to 1.99 inches so far, Henry said. That outstrips the average April rainfall of 1.23 inches.

“Usually this time of year our storms don’t have as much water in them,” Henry said in a phone interview.

Last year, Boise received just over an inch of rain in April. In 2017, 2.01 inches of rain fell in April.

Henry said Boise is on track to see more rain this April than in 2017 thanks to incoming storms that could bring more showers toward the end of the week.

On Tuesday afternoon, a storm passing to the north of Boise will bring rain to the mountains. Henry said showers are possible in Boise, too. Forecasts also show possible showers on Thursday and Friday, as well as warmer temperatures as the week goes on.

“It looks like our week will be in the 70s almost every day,” Henry said, with temperatures reaching a peak on Thursday.

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