SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Salt Lake City has kicked off 2018 with very low snow pack numbers, but it’s not surprising as we are coming off a year of record breaking warmth. The main weather headline in 2017 was above average temperatures.
Last year now holds the fourth place spot for “warmest year on record.” The other years that makes up the top 5 list include 2012 and several years following it.
“As we went through the months, that were the warmest on record, March, July and November and then we had June and August were the third warmest on record,” Monica Traphagen of the National Weather Service said.
The National Weather Service office tracks records and climate data, and in Salt Lake City that’s been going on since 1874. We didn’t break any long standing precipitation records in 2017, besides a few daily precipitation amounts, but the hot and dry conditions persisted. May is typically one of our wettest months, and last year’s it was extremely dry.
Dry has also been the pattern when it comes to this winter. Snow pack numbers for the state are only at 46 percent, with some areas in Central and Southern Utah in the single digits. These numbers rival one of the driest winters on record, 1976/1977, and with no major storms in the forecast, we will likely stay that way for half the month.
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