The entire state benefited from soaking rains that spread across Utah Tuesday bringing welcome relief from last week's string of record high temperatures.
William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service's Salt Lake Office, said the unexpected rains were sparked by a stream of moisture fed into the area from tropical storm Norbert in the Pacific."The upper level moisture juiced up the cool air," Alder said. "We weren't expecting to get any moisture out of the cool air flow."
The Salt Lake International Airport recorded .30 inches (bringing September's total to .31 inches), the same as in the Holladay area. Olympus Cove measured .51 inches while Centerville and Brighton reached .60 and .70 inches, respectively. Ogden received .60 inches and Park City .50.
Rain was heaviest in southern and eastern Utah venues. The Castle Valley Academy near Moab received 1 inch, while the Dry Fork area near Vernal registered 1.25 inches. Price measured .75 inches and Blanding .63 inches.
Alder said measurements from a weather balloon Wednesday indicated snow was possible at elevations above 9,000 feet.