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Area closing in on precip record | Preston Citizen

Area closing in on precip record

September 23, 2011
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL

Assistant editor

August precipitation records reveal above-average rainfall in Franklin County and the area is creeping up on a precipitation record set 28 years ago.

The community is in third place as far as moisture since 1964, according to King Smith, who keeps official weather totals for the National Weather Service. He said last month precipitation was 1.49 inches and normal is .93.

“We are wet for the water year, which started last Oct. 1. By the end of August we had 23.34 inches of precipitation, with one month to go,” said Smith.

He said 1983 was the wettest year recorded with 25.60 inches. In 2005, 24.95 inches was noted.

“The eight-to-fourteen day forecast calls for above normal precipitation,” he said. “So far in September we have had .57 inches and normal is 1.45 inches.

“The ultra long-range outlook is for normal precipitation. But there is a hint that La Nina is going to form again this winter. How strong no one wants to say. If it forms as strong as last year then all bets are off. It will be cold and wet until late spring. We will have to watch that closely.

“If a La Nina forms we will have about the same winter and spring that we just had. I hate to think that Texas will go through another year of no rain.

“If La Nina doesn’t form then most of the nation will have a normal year for both temperatures and water. It has been a few years since we have had just a normal year.”

As of Aug. 31, the Bear River Basin reported 141 percent of long-term precipitation totals. Last year the Basin had 87 percent of long-term precipitation totals.

Franklin Basin in Franklin County at 8,085 feet reported 67.5 inches of the 43.3-inch average, or 156 percent of average. Last year there was 40.3 inches, or 93 percent of normal.

Oxford Springs, at 6,740 feet, reported total precipitation at 36.0 inches of the 27.3-inch average, or 132 percent of normal. Last year there was 22.4 inches, or 82 percent of normal.

Emigrant Summit at 7,390 feet reported precipitation at 54.0 inches of the 38.3-inch average, or 141 percent of normal. One year ago on Aug. 31, there was 33.7 inches, or 88 percent of normal.

The Sedgwick Peak Station, 7,850-feet, reported precipitation at 44.2 inches of the of the 33.8-inch average, or 131 percent of normal.

Last year there was 31.3 inches, or 93 percent of normal.


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