Utah weather: A few storms and still hot, but rainy night possible
By Michael McFall
The Salt Lake TribuneFirst published Sep 01 2013 09:22AM
Thunderstorms flooded areas of southern and central Utah Sunday afternoon, and more storms are on the way.
Capital Gorge was flooded and closed off as of 12:30 p.m. A little more than five hours later, flash flooding reached Grand Wash in the park, as well as Scenic Drive and Sulphur Creek, according to the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City.
Flash floods also washed through Clear Creek and Keyhole Canyon about 3:25 p.m.
By 8 p.m., the weather service reported that rainfall also caused debris flows in the Oak Creek and Fools Creek portions of the Clay Springs burn scar.
As of Sunday evening, flash flood warnings were still in effect for portions of Emery, Garfield, Kane, Millard and Wayne counties.
The weather service predicts that more storms are on the way for Monday. Meteorologists expect showers and thunderstorms will develop across central and southern Utah during the late morning and early afternoon, most of them bringing heavy rain. The weather service warns that there could be more flash flooding in prone areas, including burn scars, slot canyons, slickrock areas, normally dry washes and urban areas.
Despite the moisture, temperatures are forecasted to remain in the mid- to upper-90s.
In northern Utah, showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop in the morning on Monday and last through the evening. The overcast skies will drop temperatures down to the mid-80s, but once Tuesday rolls around, the clouds part for sunny skies and low 90s once more.
The rain keeps the air fresh, at least — the Utah Division of Air Quality rates breathability at "green," or healthy, statewide.
Meanwhile, the Intermountain Allergy & Asthma website rates chenopods and mold at "high" and ragweed and sagebrush at "moderate" on its pollen index.
Salt Lake City’s high temperature for Monday is forecasted to be 85 degrees, and 91 on Tuesday; Ogden is set for 85 and 90 degrees, respectively; Provo 86 and 91; Logan 83 and 88; Wendover 86 and 88; Duchesne 79 and 82; Cedar City 82 and 84; St. George 96 and 98; and Moab 94 both days.