A cycle of scattered but boisterous thunderstorms that jarred nerves throughout northern Utah into early Wednesday morning was to give way Thursday to clearing skies and temperatures in the mid-70s.
Thunderstorms Tuesday forced a military KC-135 plane to make a successful emergency landing — no one was hurt — at Salt Lake City International Airport, after a bolt of lightning took out a communications antenna. Storm clouds were expected to steadily diminish throughout Wednesday.
By Thursday, the National Weather Service predicted, the Wasatch Front would see chances for thunderstorms and showers diminish to 20 percent.
The chance for precipitation in southern Utah on Thursday was rated as slight, coming on the heels of scattered showers and thunderstorms expected to blow through Utah’s Dixie late Wednesday. High temperatures Thursday were to range into the upper-70s, up a few degrees from Wednesday’s forecast.
The Utah Division of Air Quality awarded the entire state its “Green,” or healthy rating heading toward the weekend. However, allergy sufferers were not getting a break: the Utah Allergy & Asthma pollen index showed levels for mulberry, maple, box elder and oak “very high” as of Wednesday.
Salt Lake City’s high on Thursday was pegged at 75, up from the 68 degrees forecast for Wednesday; Ogden looked for 75 and 66 degrees, respectively; Provo 72 and 67; Logan 75 and 67; Wendover 75 and 69; Duchesne 64 and 61; Cedar City 66 and 63; St. George 78 and 75; and Moab 68 and 61 degrees.