Excerpt from Climatological Data, Idaho, Vol. 52: January, 1949
During most of the month Idaho's weather was dominated by high pressure systems with centers from British Columbia southeastward into Utah. At Boise, incidently, the monthly mean sea level pressure was 6 millibars above normal. As a consequence of the dominant high pressures, storm systems affecting the State were less frequent than usual for the month and their tracks were generally well south of the normal January path. The outstanding storms occurred on the lst, and on the 14th and 15th. The first, accompanying a storm front that moved from northwest to southeast across the State, brought snowfall to all of Idaho with depths ranging up to 10 inches in Fremont County and a foot or more in Shoshone County. The storm of mid-month, principally affecting south - central and southeastern areas, was associated with a low pressure center that moved northeast ward from Nevada into Wyoming.
Farm work was almost wholly confined to activities necessary for survival. And rather difficult, and stockpiles of hay were diminishing rapidly. No unusual losses of livestock were reported despite the difficulties. Sunshine was plentiful with 56% of possible against a normal of 40% at Pocatello, and 69% (a new January record) against a normal of 38% at Boise.
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