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LITTLE WATER, RECORD LOWS IN RICHFIELD

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With less than 6 inches of moisture falling in Richfield during the entire 1988-89 water year, the amount of precipitation was one of the lowest on record. Rec-ord low temperatures also prevailed.

Data compiled by Nathan Simmons at the National Weather Service station noted only 5.91 inches of precipitation. This compared with 8.43 inches the previous year. The new water year began Oct. 1.There wasn't a single month in which as much as an inch of moisture was recorded.

March was the wettest with .87 inch. July was the driest with .29. Others and the amounts recorded were January, .86; November, .56; February and June, .53 each; May, .50; April, .45; December, .37; October, .35; September, .32; and August, .30.

The year was also one of the coldest on record. Some 22 days of below-zero temperatures were recorded in January and six in February. Temperatures plummeted to minus 33 degrees on Feb. 6 and 7, setting new records.

The hottest day of the year was July 6 with 96 degrees.

Simmons said the most precipitation of any day was March 3 with .66 inch. The barometric pressure also dipped to a record low on that day of 29.30.

Measurable precipitation fell on 66 days during the water year.