Temperatures for February 2015 were the second warmest on record, behind 1934. 3 daily record high temperatures and 3 daily record low temperatures were broken at the Boise station. Mean temperatures for the month were around 8.5 degrees above normal over monthly averages.
2014 was the 5th warmest year on record, and the 11th highest yearly precipitation total at Boise since records began in 1877. There were 28 days in July that were above 90°F, including seven days above 100°F. The 30-year average for days above 90 °F is 16. August precipitation was below normal, while locations south and east of Boise saw record August precipitation, especially at Twin Falls and Jerome. October was the second-warmest on record, thanks to 18 days of 70°F or higher (30-year average is 10 days). Even though November was 4.2°F below normal, there was still a daily record high of 65°F set on Thanksgiving, 3 daily record low temperatures set, the daily precipitation record for November (1.15″, 11/1) and the greatest 2-day snowfall (7.6″, 11/13-14). The coldest temperatures of 2014 came on November 15th, when the mercury plunged to 1°F, while temperatures nine days earlier reached 69°F (November 6th).
November 2014 had several weather records fall for Boise. Including 4 daily temperature records, the daily precipitation record & 2-day snowfall for November. November 2014 will also go down as the 5th snowiest November in Boise weather history since 1899.
September 2014 precipitation was well above normal for a large portion of southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon, thanks to the first major low pressure system of the season near the end of the month. During September 26 through 29, a closed low moved slowly east across the northern Great Basin and produced widespread rainfall of 0.75 to 1.50 inches from extreme southeast Oregon across most of southwest Idaho. Portions of the Upper Payette Basin and Upper Boise Basin received over 2.00 inches of rain during the period. Aside from the end of the month system, September was rather dry and warm.
The temperature anomaly for the month was generally +2°F to +4°F across southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon.
Long-term drought continues to plague much of the area with the worst conditions across southeast Oregon.
August was an uneventful month in Boise, but another story south and east in the central Idaho Mountains and the Magic Valley. While Twin Falls recorded 5.57″ in August, we don’t have a sufficient climate record to compare with other August years, with climate data back to only 1998. Instead, let’s take a look at the climate data from Jerome, Idaho, which extends back to 1915.
While we often present historical data in chronological order by year, it can be helpful to view the data in ascending order. Putting the data in ascending order helps us see how unusual the precipitation was for this area and particular month. Here we look at the precipitation data for Jerome, Idaho from 1915 through 2014.
The average precipitation in August for Jerome is 0.29″ and the median precipitation is 0.125″. The median represents the 50% value at which years are drier or wetter. An interesting fact from looking at this data is how skewed the data is: 72.4% of the time August precipitation is below normal, and 27.6% of the time August precipitation is above normal. Thus, if you want to look smart in front of your friends, make a bet with them each year that August will be below average, you will have a 72.4% chance of being right. Notice how the average is skewed by a handful of wet August months in the past, most notably 1968 and of course this year. August 1968 is the only August in history which comes close to the 2014 precipitation record. August 1968 was also the highest August precipitation recorded in Boise, with 2.37″.