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UTAHNS ARE CALLING ’91 A YEAR WITHOUT AUTUMN

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A cold snap, including high winds from Wasatch Front canyons and unusually low temperatures in Utah's Dixie, has many Utahns calling this a year without an autumn.

High winds, ranging from 57 mph at the Logan Airport to 32 mph in Holladay, cold temperatures and more snow in eastern and southern Utah were recorded Wednesday.Without a doubt, temperatures have definitely turned cold. The 21-degree low temperature at Salt Lake International Airport wasn't a record, but wasn't far from it. Sixteen degrees is the record there, set Oct. 30, 1971. In Tooele, it was 12 degrees above zero about sunrise.

Fifty-nine and 34 are the normal highs and lows for Oct. 30 at the airport, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.

It was also cold Tuesday and Wednesday in Utah's Dixie, where temperatures in the upper 40s were expected Wednesday and in the upper 20s Wednesday night. Readings should rise to the low 50s Thursday in St. George.

"No precipitation was recorded there Tuesday night, but it was cold enough that if there had been moisture it would have been in the form of snow," Alder said.

In the Salt Lake Valley, the temperature reached a high of only 37 Tuesday, with just a trace of precipitation being recorded at the airport. Readings in the mid-30s were expected for highs Wednesday; lows Wednesday night will be near 20 degrees. The thermometer will reach 40 degrees for a high in most places Thursday along the Wasatch Front.

Sustained winds in the 30 mph and 40 mph range were clocked late Tuesday and Wednesday at the mouths of the canyons with temperatures in the mid-20s that put the chill factor in the very chilly mid-teens.

Strong winds reported between about 10 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday included 56 mph in Centerville; 48 mph at the mouth of Ogden Canyon; 46, Mendon, Cache County; 45, Hill Air Force Base; an estimated (by the Utah Highway Patrol) 50 mph in Weber County; and 47 on the Bountiful bench.

Brian Head ski resort in Iron County received 22 inches of snow Tuesday afternoon and evening, while Richfield recorded 5 to 7 inches; Monticello, 3 to 4; Blanding, 4; Kanab, Green River and Heber City, 2; and Cedar City, 3.

A dispatcher for the Davis County Sheriff's Office said she had not received any reports of wind damage in that area.

"Amazingly, it was a very quiet night - just a lot of burglar alarms going off because of the wind."