Utah's water year got off to a good start in October with precipitation hitting 90 percent of normal across the state.
Early precipitation in the water year — October to October — is important because it helps get moisture into the soil, so when snowfall melts in the spring the additional water doesn't sink in. It instead heads for rivers and reservoirs, which provide water storage throughout the year.
The numbers come from the Utah Climate and Water Report prepared by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Soil moisture at the end of October was at 58 percent across Utah. In 2012, the level at the end of October was 42 percent.