The Drought of 2020
According to weatherspark.com average Weather in Saint George Utah the summers are sweltering and mostly clear, and it is dry year-round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 31°F to 102°F and is rarely below 22°F or above 109°F. But this year was different and seemed that most days were above 102°F
This year we did not see the monsoon season as we normally do.
The US Drought Monitor reports that at the end of the 2020 summer season 67% of the West was experiencing moderate or worse drought conditions with large areas of extreme drought. Most of the drought developed over the summer due to lack of monsoon rains.
Jennifer Bennett, Utah State Park Lead Asst. said, “Daily you can see the water dropping at Quail Creek State Park. It’s noticeable and you can tell by the exposed rocks on the beach area. The south boat ramp closed earlier than normal this year due to the water level dropping.
However, an owner of a paddle board shop at Sand Hollow says it has not affected her business at all.
One of the biggest issues we’ve seen from the drought are more fires.
Kait Webb, Statewide Prevention and Fire Communications Coordinator said, “Fire restrictions have been extended later than normal this year given the continued critically dry fuel moisture levels statewide. “
Webb suggests that you “Call 9-1-1 immediately to report any wildfires. Utah’s interagency wildfire prevention program is grateful for your cooperation in preserving our forests and rangelands. For more information, visit UtahFireInfo.gov."