Utah’s snowfall eases drought, desert waterfalls emerge

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April 7, 2023 — After a rough summer last year, 3% of Utah was in “exceptional” drought conditions by the end of August.  62.27% of the state was in an “extreme” drought.

Thanks to this year’s wet winter, the outlook is improving. This year’s snowfall broke a 40-year record, and delivered more snow than the 2021 and 2022 snowpack seasons combined.

Local ABC affiliate News 4 reports that for the first time since June 2020, the State of Utah has dropped below extreme drought level.Opens in a new tab. ABC notes that the drought monitor still shows 20% of Utah in severe drought, mostly in the middle of the state. 64% of the state is in a moderate drought.  Residents are urged to continue conserving water.

Melting snow is creating rare desert waterfalls in the state’s Gunlock State Park.




Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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April 7, 2023 1:28 pm
So happy to hear about Utah’s bounty! It’s an excellent start and I hope some of the other states in need are feeling relief. I see California is now flooding. Yay Utah.

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