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April’s weather icy and dry | Preston Citizen

April’s weather icy and dry

May 10, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL

Assistant editor

It was cool and dry in April and some people may be getting tired of the same old song being sung. But that’s what local weather records show happened in the valley last month.

“Before the last week of April, we were in the running for the lowest monthly high average and that was set at 50.6 degrees back in 1970,” said King Smith, who keeps official weather data for the National Weather Service.

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“But because the last week of the month provided extra warm temperatures, we avoided that record. Our monthly average high ended up at 56.2 degrees. This is still below normal of 58.7.

“It was a good thing it was such a cool month. This helped keep the water in the high country in place instead of running down to the valley. The low for the month was 31.8 degrees and normal is 32.7. So, overall it was a cooler-than-normal month.

“No records were set, nor were we even close to any record as far as temps are concerned. The high for the month was 76 degrees on April 27 and the low was 20 on both April 14 and 18.

Smith said the water situation was more of the same that has occurred since Oct. 1, when the water year began.

“We received 1.27 of an inch and normal is 1.75 inches. So we keep falling behind each month. The most rain we got for the month was .41 of an inch on April 5. I thought we might get to normal for once, but we haven’t had a drop of rain since April 22.

Ice formed on a pasture south of Preston after being watered last week. April was cool and dry this year. Area farmers will need to be careful with irrigation water this summer because of scant moisture.

Ice formed on a pasture south of Preston after being watered last week. April was cool and dry this year. Area farmers will need to be careful with irrigation water this summer because of scant moisture.

The snow was just about normal with 1.3 inches and normal is 1.4, he said.

“Just a side note, on May 1 we received one inch of snow and that is already above the monthly average of .5 inches. I just love climate change,” he said.

This story is sponsored by Flags West Truck Stop.

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