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Valley Heat Records Melt As Drought Persists

Record heat combined with drought conditions have Utah Climate Center forecaster Jon Meyer and his colleagues crossing their “fingers, toes, eyes and whatever else” in hopes that normal precipitation levels return to the region in the second half of 2021 and beyond.

“While we can’t say how much precipitation we need to get out the drought, the general thinking when looking at reservoir levels, soil moisture conditions, and streamflow is that we need something like three average years of precipitation in a row across the state to get back to normal water resources,” Meyer said. “Unfortunately, there isn’t much of an indication that we’re not locked into this degree of drought severity through at least the rest of the warm season.”


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