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. 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.