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.