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Soggy April improved Utah’s snowpack

A wetter-than-usual April boosted Utah’s snowpack last month, bringing it to 72% of normal, said the Natural Resources Conservation Service in its latest water supply outlook.

“April was the month we wished we had for January, February and March,” said the report. “It fished half of the state from the fire back into the frying pan and we are glad for that little bit of improvement over what has been a very dry winter.”

At this point, seasonal precipitation is at 81% of average and soil moisture is slightly lower than last year at 76 percent.

But reservoirs are lower. This year capacity is at 65 percent. Last year at this time it was 86 percent. As the snowmelts and runoff begins in earnest, forecasters predict streamflows will range between 11 and 69 percent of average.

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