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JUNE BUSTED OUT ALL OVER FROM ONE EXTREME TO ANOTHER

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June was a month of extremes - from snow and a 40-degree reading on the first day to a scorching 103 degrees at Salt Lake International Airport on the 30th.

Most people seemed to be grumbling about the weather a good part of the month.The state experienced six days of 100 degrees or higher temperatures, ranking this year second for the number of days with temperatures that high in June.

Eight days is the highest number, recorded in 1961. There were two occurrences of four June days of 100-degree readings, in 1940 and 1974.

William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service, said a record was tied for the number of consecutive days with temperatures of 100 degrees or higher.

That first occurred June 20-23, 1961, with the record being repeated June 23-26 this year.

Alder said the 103-degree reading at the Salt Lake airport June 30 made it the area's second-warmest June day on record. With a 104-degree reading, two other days - June 21, 1961, and June 29, 1979 - qualified for first place.

The meteorologist described the first half of June as being sort of wet, but dry is the only adjective for June 17-30.

Alder says water-year data show that precipitation since Oct. 1 continues well below normal. The total as of June 30 at the airport was 9.22 inches or 72 percent of the nine-month average of 12.78 inches.

By June 30, 1989, a total of 9.21 inches of water had been measured, compared with 9.61 inches in 1988 and 9.51 inches in 1987. The lack of water is a major concern, Alder said.

Frequent wind (the average speed was 10.3 mph) compounded the problem of dryness. The average wind at the Salt Lake Airport during during June is 9.4 mph.

The Great Salt Lake dropped three feet during the last two weeks of June. On June 30 the lake was at its lowest level - 4,204 feet above sea level - in more than seven years. The lake was 4,203.65 feet above sea level on May 15, 1983.

Here are some other weather highlights during June:

- May 31 - June 1. A storm that produced mostly wind on May 31 turned cold and wet overnight, bringing a lot of rain and quite a bit of snow to the northern half of the state. Two funnel clouds were sighted over the Great Salt Lake. The storm brought blizzard conditions - even to many valley areas - and caused the closure of U-191 north of Vernal for a time. Snowfall totals included 8 inches at Meadow, Millard County; 5 inches at Duck Creek, Kane County; and 3 to 5 inches at Payson. Many areas received considerable amounts of moisture from the storm.

- June 9. A woman was struck by lightning and seriously injured in Provo. Strong microburst winds that same day destroyed several sheds and heavily damaged barns in West Mountain, Utah County.

- June 24. It was a hot day followed by late afternoon and evening microburst winds over mainly the Wasatch Front. St. George was the hot spot with 107 degrees.

- June 26. A "dust devil," a circular force of strong wind, caused damage in Lapoint, Uintah County.

- June 30. Some of the hotter temperatures were 109 at Zion National Park and Hanksville; 108, St. George and Bullfrog; 107, Moab; 105, Green River; and 102, Provo, where a new daily record was established. Previously, 98 degrees was the record, set in 1937. Microburst winds ripped through Kearns and West Valley City.