Water Watch Report 2010-2011

Water Watch Report 2012-2013

Great Salt Lake

September 27, 2013

WATER LEVEL

  Current Gain/Loss
Current Water Level 4194.5' and dropping  
Water Level on January 1st 4196.3 -1.8
Net Gain (Or Loss) since January 1st -1.8  
Highest Recorded (stable) level for the year 4196.9. March 13 -2.4
Lowest Recorded (stable) level for the year 4194.0 October 14

-0.0

Salinity (South Half):   15%

 

CURRENT PRECIPITATION STATS

Precipitation % of Normal for the Month (to-date)

112%

Precipitation % of Normal for the Water Year 83%
Precipitation % of Normal since January 1st 74%
We have received the equivelant moisture (water year to) June 8

 

CURRENT SNOWPACK STATS

Snowpack % of Normal for Whole GSL Drainage

20%

Snowpack % of Normal for Bear River Basin 23%
Snowpack % of Normal for Weber/Ogden Basin 16%
Snowpack % of Normal for Provo/Jordan 13%
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PRECIPITATION SUMMARY

  *Calendar Year *Water Year
Normal Annual Precipitation 16.5" 13.02"
How Much have We Received So Far 13.15" 10.66"
Percentage Received So Far Towards Our Goal 80% 82%
How much more do we need to make our goal 3.35" 2.36"

 * Precipitation summary for Calendar Year is the amount we usually receive from Janary 1st through December.

* Water Year summary is the amount we received from October 1st through May.

 

MONTHLY REPORT2

Month Normal Precip Precip. Received to-date Percent of Normal for the Whole Month Summary
October 1.57" 1.53" 101% Average
November 1.4" 1.56 119% BANNER MONTH!
December 1.23" 1.37 111% BANNER MONTH!
January 1.37"  1.52 111% BANNER MONTH!
February 1.33"  0.67 50% Not good.
March 1.91" 0.71 37% Bad month.
April 2.02" 1.96 97% Average month.
May 2.09" 2.23 61% It's going to be DRY!
June 0.77" 0.00 0% DRY!
July 0.72" 1.15 164% Awesome Month!
August 0.76" .13 19% THE LOST SUMMER!
September 1.33" 1.14 86% So-So
Annual

16.5"

13.15" 80%  THE LOST YEAR!

 

ANNUAL WIND REPORT

  • Strongest recorded gust ever recorded at Great Salt Lake Marina: 214mph in January 2005
  • Strongest Recorded Gust for 2013: 65mph on January 10th
  • Strongest Recorded Gust for 2012: 88mph March 26th
  • Strongest Recorded Gust for 2011: 86mph on February16th
  • Maximum Recorded Gust for 2010: 90mph on April 28th
  • Maximum Recorded Gust for 2009: 89mph on August 6th
  • Maximum Recorded Gust for 2008: 78mph
  • Maximum Gust for 2007: 104mph

 

WHERE ARE WE NOW - A QUICK SUMMARY

We are in a dry trend now.  It appears we will be well below normal snowpack for the year as well as below normal for direct precipitation.  We had a great start to the water year.  And then we went into a dry trend at the end of February.

WHAT IS THE FORECAST

The summer forecast is for above normal temperatures and an equal chance of being wetter than normal or drier than normal.

The good news is that sunspot activity is still very high which could really turbo boost the storms that do come our way.

www.Drought.unl.edu/dm/drmon.gif

www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/seasonal_drought.html