Has the backbone of the four-year drought in south-central Utah been broken?

The measurements of precipitation at two Sanpete Valley weather stations would seem to indicate so.For the first two months of the 1991 water year, cooperative weather observer Lee J. Anderson has recorded 2.52 inches of water at the Manti station. That's 115 percent of normal for October and November.

And at Sorensen Field a mile southeast of Ephraim, Gary Jorgensen has measured 2.15 inches - 113 percent of normal.

But Anderson warns that two months do not make a water year. November, he says, apparently laid down a substantial snow cover on the watersheds, but the months of heaviest precipitation lie ahead and they're the ones that put the summer's water in storage.

The very cold days of late November and early December, the weathermen say, have kept the water in the snow rather than it disappearing into the ground, which likely means a white Christmas.