Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 4, 2014
August: Wettest month of the year?

After months of bad news and ongoing drought, Tooele Valley’s water luck changed in the unlikeliest of months — August.

The valley received 2.34 inches of precipitation across 15 rainy days last month, compared to a seasonal normal of just .94 inches for the same time period.

According to data from Ned Bevan, a local cooperative weather observer for the National Weather Service, that not only makes August the rainiest month so far this year, but also marks the most precipitation Tooele Valley has received in a month since October 2013.

The rainy weather also kept August temperatures down, with a daily high around 83 degrees, compared to a normal of 90 degrees, and a daily low near 59 degrees, compared to a normal of 64.

“It was a wet month, and really a blessing,” said Bevan.

April is typically the valley’s wettest month, according to the Western Regional Climate Center, but this year saw just 1.53 inches of precipitation — nearly an inch below normal.

The dry April weather set Tooele well behind the area’s expected water year total, and by the end of July, the Tooele Valley was more than 2 inches behind a mark intended to gauge whether an area is heading into or out of a drought.

Now, the valley is just .67 inches below normal for the running water year.

The water year officially ends on Sept. 30, and it looks as though this year’s water season may end on a high note. Though local weather is expected to dry out for the next week or two, the Climate Prediction Center’s long-term forecast for September, October and November anticipates above-average precipitation. 

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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