Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) A pedestrian with an umbrella passes along Main Street in Salt Lake City Tuesday March 4, 2014, during a rainstorm.
Pineapple Express doused northern Utah in February

The monthly summary reveals statewide water supply shift between the haves and the have-nots.

First Published Mar 06 2014 11:36 am • Last Updated Mar 06 2014 09:08 pm

While it sounds like an exotic drink, the only ingredient of the Pineapple Express is water. Northern Utah got a good taste of the weather phenomenon in February, and it virtually flipped the outlook for water in 2014.

"The Express has delivered storm after storm of heavy, wet, dense snow to northern Utah in February. It would be ever so nice if it continued for another week or two, at least," said Randy Julander, Utah’s snow survey supervisor for the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). "It would also be beneficial if the Pineapple Express found a way to reach southern Utah."

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The Pineapple Express is a fancy name for conditions that point "a river of moisture in the atmosphere" from an area in the Pacific Ocean near the Hawaiian Islands to the West Coast of the United States. Northern Utah and other northern states in the West were lined up directly in the river’s path.

Heavy and wet storms in northern Utah in February brought snowpack levels from 75 percent of normal for the Bear River and Weber River drainages to between 100 and 110 percent, according to the monthly summary released by the NRCS Thursday.

The Tony Grove monitoring station in Logan Canyon picked up 20 inches of water in the snow in 30 days.

Southern Utah, meanwhile, "couldn’t buy a drop of rain for any price," Julander said.

The Midway Valley monitoring station, a high elevation site near Cedar City, saw 1.8 inches of snow water equivalent in the same 30 days.

In addition to dry weather, February also was warm in southern Utah. That started melting snow in some areas, which complicates water storage scenarios as winter comes to an end.

"Things have completely flipped," Julander said. "We started the year down south 120 to 130 percent of average on snowpack and then it just completely shut off."

According to the report, southwestern Utah is at 55 percent of average for precipitation since October 1 and southeastern Utah is at 69 percent.


story continues below
story continues below

brettp@sltrib.com

Twitter: @BrettPrettyman



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.