Stay informed and entertained with us. As of October 1, 2020, nearly all of Utah was in some stage of drought. Thank you for Reading! It May Get Worse. For residents living in the Salt Lake Valley, the county has extended access to their cooling centers located at the Salt Palace Convention Center and the Mountain America Expo Center. “We’ve gone from around 10 percent or so what would be considered D3 to around 25 percent, which is a pretty big uptick," Clayton said. This leads to changes in atmospheric circulation that can affect weather around the globe. As we knew would happen you’ve reached your monthly limit. SALT LAKE CITY— Utah is dealing with triple digit temperatures and a drought that is affecting 99 percent of the state. Causey Reservoir’s equivalent numbers were 33% this year and 55% in 2019. Log in to your subscriber account or Near record low temperatures. You have permission to edit this article. You want to make sure they’re not overheating.". The most widespread drought in the continental United States since 2013 covers more than 45 percent of the Lower 48 states, federal scientists said. "Towards the end of March, things started to tank," Clayton said. This is the most widespread drought in the continental United States since 2013, he said, covering more than 45 percent of the Lower 48 states. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1-D4) in Utah lasted 288 weeks beginning on April 3, 2001 and ending on October 3, 2006. The question is, when will things get better? Near record low temperatures. In the United States during a La Niña, the South is usually warmer and drier, the East Coast is warmer and much of the North is cooler and wetter. Utah's meager water year gasps to a close with 100% of state in drought, Photo supplied, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Image supplied, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Image supplied, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, After arid July, 99% of Utah now in drought condition. For most of the state, precipitation comes in the form of snow. In a stronger La Niña the effects on the United States would be expected to be greater, Mr. Halpert said. As we knew would happen you’ve reached your monthly limit. Nearly half of the continental United States is gripped by drought, government forecasters said Thursday, and conditions are expected to worsen this winter across much of the Southwest and South. We have used your information to see if you have a subscription with us, but did not find one. Purchase a Subscription. All this local content you love is just a click away. In Utah there have been six statewide multi-year drought periods from 1895 to 2017 and four multi-year wet periods. Last year’s total was 68%. This year set a record for Utah’s hottest, driest August on record. All this local content you love is just a click away. As we knew would happen you’ve reached your monthly limit. As we knew would happen you’ve reached your monthly limit. But he emphasized that the agency’s winter outlook was based on probabilities, and that sometimes during La Niña or El Niño the expected impacts do not materialize. On your next view you will be asked to log in to your subscriber account or create an account and subscribepurchase a subscription to continue reading. Parts of southern and southeastern Utah have entered into what experts call D3, or extreme levels of drought. The annual total was 76%, but most of that came in the first half of the year. Purchase a Subscription, Investing in your local journalism matters. As we knew would happen you’ve reached your monthly limit. “It’s a very tight race” she said. Clear skies. You can reach reporter Mark Shenefelt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801 625-4224. As of Sept. 30, the last day of the water year, Weber County’s Pineview Reservoir stood at 43% of capacity. Your current subscription does not provide access to this content. The region's water availability index ended the water year Sept. 30, 2020, below average as drought gripped 100% of Utah. Salt flats of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Globally, 2020 has been exceptionally warm in many regions, including much of the Arctic. Follow him on Twitter at, Utah’s valleys and mountains dried out significantly in July, deepening drought conditions to cover 99% of the state, according to monthly cli…. The National Drought Mitigation Center University of Nebraska-Lincoln . "Unfortunately, we don’t see an end in sight to the hot temperatures we see right now, and it looks like the patterns not going to change for the next two weeks," said Christine Kruse, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “People need to take this heat seriously, even if they’re used to it being a desert," Kruse said.