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WEATHER ALMANAC, SALT LAKE CITY, MARCH 1995

HIGHS

FOR THE MONTH (MARCH 18) 67.0(DEG)AVERAGE THIS MONTH 54.7(DEG)

30-YEAR AVERAGE 52.2(DEG)

RECORD (MARCH 24, 1956) 78.0(DEG)

LOW

FOR THE MONTH (MARCH 28) 23.0(DEG)

AVERAGE THIS MONTH 33.5(DEG)

30-YEAR AVERAGE 31.4(DEG)

RECORD (MARCH 4, 1966) 2.0(DEG)

SNOW

SNOWFALL FOR MARCH 7.3"

NORMAL MARCH SNOWFALL 10.1"

SEASONAL SNOWFALL 78.6"

(SEPTEMBER-MARCH)

NORMAL SEASONAL SNOWFALL 53.3"

(SEPTEMBER-MARCH)

Records set at Salt Lake weather station

MARCH 9: Record-high minimum temperature of 46 degrees. Old record 43 in 1954.

MARCH 11: Record-high minimum temperature of 49 degrees; old record, 46 in 1983.

Utah Weather Highlights:

MARCH 1-6: An unsettled period with several storms moved through the area, with the north getting hit hard the first part of the period and the south at the end of the time. A cold front that moved through the area late on the March 3 and early on the March 4 was dotted with thunder, lightning and hail.

Heavy rains fell in Washington and Kane counties on March 5. Heavy runoff in the Santa Clara River washed out a 60-foot section of the sewer main that serves Ivins and Santa Clara, discharging its contents into the river.

The heavy rains caused the Virgin River to rise 12 feet in the Bloomington area. Rains that measured 1.30 to 1.80 inches fell in a short time on ground already saturated from previous storms.

MARCH 10-13: Heavy rains in southwest Utah triggered widespread minor to moderate flooding along several rivers/streams in Washington and Iron counties. Record flows were noted at Gunlock Reservoir where spillways were at 3,500 cubic feet per second and Santa Clara, 6,000 CFS. Washington County officials estimate damage to public and private property at $1.4 million.

MARCH 21-22: A potent cold front moved into the northwestern corner of the state on March 21.

MARCH 23-25: Another storm spring storm moved into western Utah. Additional snow fell on the March 25, particularly the south and east. Brian Head resort received 49 inches of snow.

MARCH 24-28: Cold temperatures that followed the March 23-25 storm resulted in damage to some Utah fruit crops. Hardest hit areas were along the Wasatch Front.

Some monthly precipitation totals (in inches): Alta, 13.74 (203 percent of normal); Blanding, 2.02 (215 percent); Brigham City, 3.00 (160 percent); Bryce Canyon, 3.05 (194 percent); Holladay, 4.15 (167 percent); Kanab, 4.30 (269 percent); Laketown, Rich County, 2.88 (294 percent); Nephi, 1.72 (101 percent); Provo-BYU, 2.57 (132 percent); Heber City, 2.93 (212 percent); Richmond, 3.86 (196 percent); Tooele, 4.58 (197 percent); and Zion National Park, 5.73 inches (280 percent).

Source: Salt Lake office, National Weather Service