Weather for Salt Lake City, Utah
Lat: 40.78N, Lon: 111.87W
Wx Zone: UTZ003 CWA Used: SLC
Utah Drought Monitor
The Utah Drought monitor is a subset of the United States Monitor, issued every Thursday morning, based on drought conditions the previous Tuesday. The map below shows the current drought level around the state, and the percent of Utah land area in each drought level compared to the previous week.
Read an explanation of the drought intensities and what they mean.
Utah Hydrologic Information Statement
Note that if drought conditions are not being experienced, or in the case of river flooding or heavy rain, this statement may be used to indicate river flows or flood potential.
000 FGUS75 KSLC 071941 ESFSLC HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SALT LAKE CITY UTAH WATER SUPPLY SUMMARY 1245 PM MST THU MAR 7 2013 ...UTAH FLOOD POTENTIAL... STATE OF UTAH GENERAL OUTLOOK THE THREAT OF FLOODING FOR UTAH IS CURRENTLY LOW. SNOWPACKS ARE BELOW NORMAL STATEWIDE. HOWEVER...THERE REMAINS A SLIM CHANCE THAT A HEAVY RAINFALL EVENT DURING PEAK FLOW TIME COULD ENHANCE RIVER FLOWS TO NEAR FLOOD STAGE...BUT THIS SCENARIO IS NOT LIKELY. THE RUNOFF PROCESS IS BASED ON THREE ASPECTS. FIRST...FALL PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS DETERMINE THE SOIL MOISTURE. BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS WERE RECEIVED THIS PAST FALL ACROSS SOUTHERN UTAH...WITH NEAR TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL AMOUNTS OBSERVED ACROSS THE NORTH. CONSEQUENTLY...SOIL MOISTURE LEVELS ACROSS NORTHERN UTAH ARE NEAR NORMAL...WITH DRY SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS LOCATED ACROSS THE SOUTH...MOST PRONOUNCED IN THE SOUTHEAST DRAINAGES OF THE STATE. NOWHERE IN UTAH ARE SOIL MOISTURE LEVELS ABOVE NORMAL. THE SECOND PART OF THE EQUATION COMES IN THE FORM OF SNOWFALL. IT IS IMPORTANT TO ACCUMULATE SNOW DURING THE COURSE OF THE WINTER AND INTO EARLY SPRING. THIS YEARS SNOWPACK IS LACKING AND BELOW AVERAGE...WITH CURRENT SNOWPACKS NEARLY 75 PERCENT OF NORMAL STATEWIDE. THE THIRD ASPECT OF THE EQUATION COMES IN THE FORM OF SPRING WEATHER. IF WE EXPERIENCE A COOL...WET SPRING...RUNOFF EFFICIENCY WILL BE VERY GOOD...WHILE ON THE OTHER HAND IF WE HAVE A DRY AND WARM SPRING WITH SNOWMELT OCCURRING EARLIER...LESS WATER WILL MAKE ITS WAY INTO THE RESERVOIRS. WITH THAT SAID...THE FLOOD THREAT IS LOW FOR THE 2013 RUNOFF SEASON. PERIODS OF INTENSE RAINFALL MAY EXACERBATE THE RUNOFF PROCESS AND PRODUCE LOCALIZED SHORT TERM FLOODING...BUT THESE EVENTS ARE RARE. THIS OUTLOOK WILL BE UPDATED AS WE MOVE INTO THE SPRING MONTHS. $$ MCINERNEY