August spared Tooele City from record-breaking heat that hit Salt Lake City, but brought little rain to alleviate state- and county-wide drought conditions.
Tooele City totaled about .14 inches of precipitation for August, significantly below the month’s average of .91 inches. Preliminary data from the National Weather Service suggests storms this week have already brought more rain than all of August, but not enough to make up for two years of drought conditions.
As of Sept. 3, severe drought continues to engulf most of Tooele County, and about 54 percent of the state of Utah, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor from the National Weather Service.
Ned Bevan, a weather observer for the National Weather Service, said Tooele City’s current precipitation total for the 2012-2013 water year is 12.01 inches. Normal precipitation for the city by the end of the water year is 19.76 inches. The water year concludes on Sept. 30.
Because of the dry conditions, Bevan said Tooele County will have to look to this winter’s snowpack for drought relief.
“Things just have to get better” to recharge local reservoirs and aquifers, he said.
Although drought continues, August temperatures in Tooele remained just below average. Tooele averaged 89 degrees last month, compared to a historic average of about 90 degrees for the month, said Bevan. More notably, while Salt Lake City set heat records, Tooele may have avoided triple digits entirely.
“I don’t think we’ve hit the century mark all summer,” he added.