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Utah forecast: Park the ark, but it is about to get very wet

Flash Flood Watch » But it’s the summer monsoon, not ‘The Flood’ on the horizon.

By Bob Mims

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Aug 12 2014 08:26 am • Last Updated Aug 12 2014 10:02 pm

Don’t look for the animals, two by two, trying to board pleasure craft at the Great Salt Lake Marina. Still, Utah is about to get very wet.

The thunderstorms dominating the midweek forecast are not portents of "The Flood," but there is a flash flood watch in effect for the entire state through Wednesday evening.

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But that comes from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), not Noah. It is NOAA’s National Weather Service bureau in Salt Lake City that warns of heavily laden rain clouds that could inundate slot canyons, normally dry washes and wildfire burn scars on mountain slopes.

Tuesday night, microburst winds blew down trees and knocked out power to some areas in Salt Lake City, Sandy and Cottonwood Heights.

Along with the precipitation, the Wasatch Front looked for high temperatures Wednesday in the upper-80s, down a few degrees from Tuesday’s forecast. Southern Utahns did not escape the return of monsoonal moisture, either. Storm clouds, thunder, lightning and rain also were on tap in Utah’s Dixie, with highs in the 90s.

Thanks to the rain: the Utah Division of Air Quality rated the entire state in the "green," or healthy air quality category for the midweek.

The Intermountain Allergy & Asthma website listed chenopods as "very high" and mold "high," while other allergens were graded "low" on the pollen index as of Tuesday.

Visit the Tribune’s weather page at www.sltrib.com/weather for more extensive, localized forecast content.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims


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