So, in Utah, it’s spring now? Somehow – yes
SALT LAKE CITY — March 1 marks the first day of “weather spring” — which is really just an orderly way for meteorologists to keep a record of Utah weather. There is no correlation with the first real day of spring.
But that doesn’t necessarily always reflect what we are currently seeing in our current time.
KSL Chief Meteorologist Kevin Eubank says Utah weather might feel like spring for a few days, but super cold, below average temperatures are coming soon. but then we will see super cold and below average temperatures.
“When you see a strong cold front coming, you usually warm up before that,” says Eubank. “We call it the hot before the storm – it happens a lot. This is what creates these abrupt changes.
Eubank says this hot flash won’t hurt, but there’s one thing our climate really needs.
“He’s been so, so dry,” Eubank said. “Salt Lake City had one of the driest January and February in history. When you combine them, it’s the driest start to a calendar year in Salt Lake’s history. We we need precipitation, we need rain and we need snow.
A recent study has shown just how severe the drought is, saying the planet could be experiencing its driest years in some time.
Snow in the mountains, coupled with spring runoff, is the most powerful boost to the water supply needed here in Utah.
“We need that water to get into the reservoirs in a way that we can manage it, store it,” he said.
Eubank says the best deal we can make is to get lots of good mountain snow and then a good warm-up and cool-down rotation.
It comes as Utah lawmakers are using their final days of the 2022 legislative session to discuss bills aimed at addressing drought issues. Some lawmakers even went to check Great Salt Lake levels at the National Guard Blackhawks. And the levels were already alarming enough.