By ROBERT S. MERRILL
It was warm and wet in the northern end of Cache Valley during January and precipitation was above average for the first time in the water year.
But the area’s valleys and mountains still lag behind normal for the water year that started on October 1.
“To no surprise we had a very warm and wet month with little snow. January was one of the warmest months we’ve had recently but no temperature records were set. We tied some on three days,” said King Smith, who keeps official weather records for the National Weather Service. “We set a precipitation record on one day.
“In 2003 we had a nice string of warm weather in January from the 3-5 with 48, 47, and 47 degrees, respectively. It just so happens that those days were exactly the same this year with the same exact temperatures.
“Other than that it was just warm. The monthly average high was 38.3 degrees and the normal is 31.4. The low average was 18.3 degrees where normal is 13.1.”
Smith said because it was so warm, the valley didn’t get much snow accumulation.
“We officially received 7.8 inches and normal is 13.1. So far this winter season we have had 25.6 inches and normal is 31.5. With about a month and a half left to go in the snow season, there’s some ground to be made up.”
Smith said precipitation was above normal for a change, but not enough to get us up to long-term averages.
“We received 2.05 inches and normal is 1.05. The storm we had on Jan. 21 was a record. We received 1.03 inches. That broke the record of .65 of an inch set on the date in 1953.”
The official precipitation for the water year is 5.04 inches and normal is 6.09. The Preston area is still over an inch behind normal, he said.
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