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Old 07-23-2017, 12:50 AM
 
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It would be good to keep in mind that Twin Falls and Idaho Falls don't have the same weather. In January, for example, the Twin hi/low is 39-22, while the IF hi/low is 31/14. They may seem similar, but they are not. In the summer, Twin is hotter as well. Boise is warmer than either year-round.
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Old 07-25-2017, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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It would be good to keep in mind that Twin Falls and Idaho Falls don't have the same weather. In January, for example, the Twin hi/low is 39-22, while the IF hi/low is 31/14. They may seem similar, but they are not. In the summer, Twin is hotter as well. Boise is warmer than either year-round.
Yup.
In addition, Idaho Falls is much higher and breezier too.
The height comes from being on the west slope of the Teton range, and so does the breeze.

This makes I.F. cooler year round than Twin and Pocatello, and while the breeze isn't even noticed most of the time, it keeps our air continually flushed out.

This has it's advantages and disadvantages; we get no log smog during the winter temperate inversions, but we do get wildfire smoke blowing in from far away places in the summers sometimes.

"Log smog" is smog from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces, not car smog. It does happen in Boise during the winters, in Poky, Lewiston, Moscow, and possibly in CDA. It forms sometimes when there's a temperature inversion, a condition where colder air is trapped close to the ground by warmer air above it.

These happen every winter somewhere. The air can often be warmer at 8,000 feet than at 2,000 feet, and an inversion can stubbornly stick around sometimes. They come when the sky is clear and bright, and the nights drop down to very cold temps.

During those times, it's as easy to get sunburn as it is in midsummer in the mountains around I.F.
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