Despite threatening thunderclouds and high winds in some areas, rain fell sporadically Tuesday evening, failing to provide the much-needed respite from the extended dry spell.

But the precipitation, however minor, was welcome. The largest amounts reported to the National Weather Service at the Salt Lake International Airport were .64 of an inch in Springville, .34 in Orem, .18 at Brigham Young University, .50 in Duck Creek, Kane County.But Cedar City received only .03 inches, and Layton .02.The larger amounts were recorded within about 30 to 45 minutes, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake weather service office at the airport.

Winds gusted to 47 mph at the airport at 9:20 p.m., where blowing dust cut visibility to three-fourths of a mile. The Cottonwood area also clocked 47 mph winds, but South Salt Lake recorded gusts of 55 mph. Winds in Pleasant Grove hit 40 mph; Hill Air Force Base, 25 mph; Wahweap on Lake Powell, 40 mph; and Holladay, 25 mph.

Forecasters say Wednesday holds the best chance for measurable rain this week at the airport. Only a trace of moisture has been recorded there this month - .03 of an inch On June 26. By Friday, what thundershowers there were lingering over the state will pretty much have moved out of the state.

"If we don't get any more (precipitation) this month, then we will tie for July 1963 for the driest month on record at the airport," Alder said.