April is typically the wettest month of the year, but April 1989 was not typical. It was very dry and warm instead.
The .46 of an inch precipitation that fell in the Salt Lake Valley in April qualifies as the third driest month since the record-keeping began, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.A total of .45 inches of moisture was recorded in April 1934 and 1981. Normally, 2.21 inches of precipitation falls in the Salt Lake Valley during April.
Weather records at the Salt Lake International Airport date back to 1928 and downtown weather service records to 1874.
April weather has been erratic all during the 1980s - boasting some of the driest and wettest months on rec-ord at the airport. With 4.55 inches of water, April 1986 was the third wettest. April 1984 was the fourth wettest with 4.43 inches; April 1981 was the driest with .45 inches; April 1985 was the fourth driest with .64; and April 1987 was the sixth driest with .79 inches. And now April 1989 joins the list.
While this past April was dry and warm, cool weather during the last few days kept the month from climbing to the top five warmest Aprils on record.
The average temperature was 54.7 or 5.5 degrees above normal. For a time during the month temperatures were averaging 7 to 8 degrees above normal. The low temperature of 64 degrees on April 21 qualified that day as the warmest April morning on record.
The record this year is rather ironic, Alder said, "considering we had one of the most severe winters in between in 16 years."