SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) -It was an unforgettable and record-setting spring for Utah. As May ended, Salt Lake City ended the month almost 2 degrees below the average temperature, and well above the average total precipitation with no measurable snowfall.
Salt Lake City finished with the second wettest spring in history with 11.19″ of rainfall. With the 3.78″ of rain that SLC received in May, the record books had to be rewritten as this was the third consecutive month of 3 or more inches of rain over any time period since record-keeping began back in 1874. A truly remarkable feat!
Overall meteorological spring (March-May) saw the average temperature a hair below normal, an extraordinary amount of rainfall and just under 11″ of snow which is the norm.
Over this same timeframe, the relatively dry desert climate of St. George received the most rainfall ever and the most in the first 5 months. St. George has an annual rainfall of 8.85″. Regionally, it was one of the wettest spring seasons in history for about two dozen cities with top 3 recorded rainfall amounts including #1 in St. George, Price, Canyonlands NP, Cedar City, Ely, NV & McGill, NV
Salt Lake City set a new record for total rainfall in the first five months of the year at 14.21″. Since October 1, the start of our water year, Salt Lake City received 19.05″ of rainfall. The normal over this stretch is 12.61″ and the annual rainfall from October 1 to the end of a water year on September 30 is 16.1″.
We have far and away exceeded the needed water for 2018-2019 with four months to go! Thank You Mother Nature!