In case you didn't realize it, November was the wettest month since May 1987 - a major change from previous months of severe drought.
The 2.17 inches of precipitation received at the Salt Lake International Airport was 178 percent of the normal amount for November. It was like going from a drought to a monsoon.Figures for October and November, the first two months of the 1988-89 water year, total 2.18 or 92 percent of the normal amount. During November, 8.5 inches of snow - 2.0 inches above the normal amount for the month - fell at the airport, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.
But even with colder weather during the latter half of the month, the average monthly temperature was 1.4 degrees above normal. The average high temperature was slightly below normal, while the average minimum temperature was well above normal, Alder said.
The first 32-degree reading of the fall wasn't logged until Nov. 14, making it the latest 32 or lower degree reading to occur in any fall season. The latest previous record was Nov. 13, 1944. The freeze-free period, 195 days, was the third longest, with the longest being 223 days, from from March 30 through Nov. 9, 1985.
For those who keep track of additional weather trivia, there were no clear days in the Salt Lake Valley during November. Previously, the least amount of clear days in any November was two in 1983.
Alder said the Palmer Index, a measure of soil moisture and how wet or dry a climate is as opposed to what it normally should be, has climbed a notch. From mid-November to Dec. 1, conditions along the Wasatch Front and northern mountains improved from extreme drought to severe drought.
Mountain snowfall was above normal during November, also meaning above normal amounts of water. Alta recorded a phenomenal 172.5 inches of snow and 14.39 inches of water. The old records were 143.5 inches of snow and 13.79 inches of water, both measured in 1983.
Snowbird also boasts good news, with 129.9 inches of snow and 10.75 inches of water. Previously, the rec-ord was 117.5 inches of snow and 9.83 inches of water, both in 1985.
Sixty-five inches is the normal amount of snow at both resorts; 5.66 inches of water is considered normal.
Having received 92 inches of snow during November, the Silver Lake reporting station in the Brighton area, where the Salt Lake City Water Department takes measurements, tied with November 1973, for the fourth greatest amount of snow.