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April 2024 Climatological Summary

The month was rather dry. If it weren't for the rain that fell April 25-28, it would have been bone dry. Just over an inch (1.08") (2.7 cm) fell. April is often the wettest month of the year. April 2020 was the driest April in the last 27 years, with 0.33" (0.8 cm).

The average temperature for April 2024 was 51.5 F (10.8 C). This compares to the twenty-seven-year mean of 48.7 F (9.3 C), exceeding the twenty-seven-year mean by 2.8 F (1.5 C).

As normal, the prevailing wind direction was from the south-southwest.

March 2024 Climatological Summary

The Spring Months (March, April and May) make up the wettest season in northern Utah. March was very wet, with some snow and lots of rain. March 2024 was much like April used to be. Fifty years ago snow in April melted quickly. Now snow in March melts quickly. Back in High School, I remember that snow storms of over 12" (30.48 cm) were not rare in March. I started to "feel" climate change as early as the 1990s, in the sense that the data was changing.

The total precipitation in March 2024 was well above normal at 3.39" (8.6 cm). The 27-year average is 2.04" (5.2 cm).

The average temperature was 41.0 F (5.0 C) versus a 27-year average of 45.4 F (7.4 C). The frequent storminess kept the temperatures lower than what would have happened with the average storminess.

February 2024 Climatological Summary

In the old days in the Salt Lake Valley, all of the precipitation in February would be delivered as snow. This year thanks to Global Warming most of the precipitation in the valley was delivered as rain. There was a lot of rain and some snow totaling 2.94" (7.5 cm), far above the 27-year average of 1.63" (4.1 cm) yet far below the all-time record of 5.12" (13.0 cm) recorded in 1998. Indeed February 1998 is the wettest of all time at my location.

The number of days where the temperature fell below 32 F ( 0 C) was 23 which is also the 27-year average for the month. The high temperature for the month was 61.1 F (16.2 C) on the 25th. The lowest temperature was 17.5 F (-8.1 C) which occurred strangely on the 28th.

So far the winter season has produced a goodly amount of mountain snow, yet the wettest period for precipitation are the spring months of March, April, and May which produce an average of 6.31" (16.0 cm) of the full-year average of 18.99" (48.2 cm) or one-third of the precipitation for the year.

January 2024 Climatological Summary

While we had some snow in the Salt Lake Valley during January 2024, the total precipitation was just 1.57" (4.0 cm), about an inch below the 27-year average of 2.64" (6.7 cm). A large storm was expected the weekend of January 13-14. This storm hit the mountains but left very little in the Salt Lake Valley.

The twenty-seven-year mean temperature for January is 30.6 F (-0.7 C). The mean for January 2024 was 33.4 F (0.7 C) or 2.8 F (1.4 C) higher than the mean. Global Warming is showing up in data across the world regularly. That said, even without data my attention to the weather confirmed it to me in the 1990s.

Our mountains are on track for a normal amount of snowfall. So long as February, March, and April check in with near-normal precipitation, we should have a normal runoff to fill reservoirs.

My home is in a quiet location concerning the wind. We seldom have wind speeds over 35 mph.

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The best on-air weatherman in the Salt Lake City area was: Grant Weyman (KSL-5), he retired and at this time I don't have a new favorite. I genuinly don't like those who don't have a degree in Atmospheric Science.

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