Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
image The sun sets over the Great Salt Lake Saturday night. December should be above normal for temperatures with precipitation below normal. The 90-day forecast, however, calls for above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

December 5, 2017
November racks up another dry month for water year

But next 90 days could see above normal precipitation 

It was warmer and drier than normal in Tooele County for November.

“Temperature-wise it was the 11th warmest November on record for Tooele,” said Christine Kruse, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

“The average temperature for Tooele in November is 40.4 degrees,” she said. “This last November the average temperature was 44.1 degrees.”

Kruse said it was also the warmest November on record for Salt Lake International Airport.

Snowfall and precipitation totals at Snotel sites in Tooele County were down for November, according to Jordan Clayton, hydrologist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

He said that Bevan’s Cabin above Settlement Canyon Reservoir only measured 1 inch of snow compared to 14 inches last year at this time. Precipitation at Bevan’s Cabin also measured 5 inches less than last year, according to Monday’s readings.

Rocky Basin above Settlement Canyon had 4 inches of snow on Monday compared to 24 inches of snow at this time last year. Precipitation also was down by 4.7 inches.

Mining Fork in the Stansbury Mountains is only down 9 inches of snow as compared to last year. It is also down 5.1 inches of precipitation compared to last year, according to Monday’s measurements.

Clayton also reported that the Tooele basin measured 20 percent of normal snow water equivalent and was at 35 percent of normal precipitation into the 2017-18 water year. The water year began on Oct. 1.

The U.S. Drought Monitor designated Tooele County as “Abnormally Dry” on Nov. 30.

According to the NWS, the December weather outlook has the odds tilted toward above normal temperatures for the entire state. Probabilities of above-normal temperatures range from 50-60 percent. As far as precipitation, the western half of Utah has odds tilted toward below normal precipitation for December.

“That is true for the month of December, but the odds are that we will transition into a wetter period during the months of January and February,” Kruse said. She also mentioned that the 90-day forecast, December through February, calls for above-normal temperatures.

“The reason northern Utah was dry in November was because we had a strong ridge of high pressure that kept storms to the north and east,” Kruse said.

She also said that 90-day forecast calls for wetter-than-normal conditions for northern Utah with drier-than-normal conditions for the central and southern part of the state.

Total November precipitation at Ned Bevan’s NWS reporting station in Tooele City was 1.15 inches. Normal for the month is 1.69 inches.

Total precipitation for October and November combined is 1.18 inches. Normal total precipitation for the first two months of the water year is 3.5 inches. The local precipitation total is now 2.32 inches below normal.

The November snowfall total at Bevan’s reporting station was 1/2 inch compared to a normal of 10.2 inches.

Total snowfall so far for the water year is 1/2 inch compared to a normal of 14 inches.

Average maximum temperature in November was 54.5 degrees, and average minimum temperature was 33.7 degrees.

Tooele hit a maximum high of 71 degrees on Nov. 2 and a minimum low of 20 degrees on Nov. 8.

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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