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RAINFALL BREAKS THE CYCLE OF HOT, DRY DAYS IN UTAH

As most Utahns recall, the summer of 1994 was extremely hot - and extremely dry in most areas of the state.

At the Salt Lake International Airport, August was the wettest month of the summer, but only small amounts of rain fell on most of the days when any moisture was recorded. However, 0.24 of an inch was recorded Aug. 9.Other amounts during the month included 0.05 of an inch on Aug. 8 and 10; 0.06 on Aug. 12; 0.04 on Aug. 27; 0.10 on Aug. 28; and 0.07 on Aug. 29.

During July, a total of only 0.02 of an inch fell on July 4, 22 and 30, while traces of precipitation fell on July 2, 5 and 15. Traces were recorded on June 6, 7, 21, 22 and 28. Earlier this month, 0.01 of an inch was recorded on Sept. 1, and traces were measured Sept. 2, 6, 8, 14 and 28.

But nearly every area of Utah got wet during at least part of the 24-hour period ending at 9 a.m. Friday, with amounts ranging from 1.33 inches at Clawson, Emery County, to 0.37 in Kearns. Brian Head ski resort in southern Utah received 1.22 inches of water with 1.5 inches of snow.

More showers and thunderstorms were forecast Friday across the state, particularly in northern Utah. Heavy rain, small hail, frequent lightning and gusty winds were expected to accompany some of the thunderstorms, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.

Temperatures dropped considerably early Friday from daytime highs that reached to the high 80s and low 90s in some areas earlier in the week. The snow level over Utah is expected to be around 9,000 to 9,500 feet in the mountains where a few inches of snow are possible.

Partly cloudy skies and scattered showers are forecast as the 164th semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opens Saturday in Salt Lake City. The weather Sunday is expected to be partly sunny and a little warmer. Lows will be in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Highs Saturday will be near 70, rising to the mid-70s Sunday, Alder said.

Other precipitation amounts from the storm, which left hail at Long Valley Junction, Kane County, Thursday and early Friday include: Ferron, Emery County, 1.32 inches; Cedar City, 0.91; Manti, 0.85; Provo-Brigham Young University, 0.75; Pleasant Grove, 0.97; Cottonwood Heights, 0.69; Willow Creek, 0.80; Holladay, 0.61; Sandy, 0.58; Tooele, 0.53; and Layton, 0.56.

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Additional Information

Dry months

Days with most moisture recorded during each of the past four months, at Salt Lake International Airport:

Days Amount in inches

Sept. 29-30 0.23

Aug. 9 0.24

July 4, 22, 30 0.02

June 6, 7, 21, 22, 28 traces