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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 2:39 pm

The 2011-12 water year ended Sunday.

The year ended with a total of 8.95 inches of water measured at KSVC radio’s weather station in Richfield.

This is approximately 3 and a half inches less water than the previous year, which was one of the wettest on record with 12.49 inches.

In 1982, the recorded level of precipitation was 14.62 inches, which remains the record for the region.

Timing proved to be an important factor as the region faced drought-like conditions through most of the summer.

By the end of March, some 5.34 inches of precipitation had been measured, which was .8 inches less than the previous water year at the same point.

In April, .52 inches of pre-cipitation was recorded, more than an inch less than the previous April.

There was no recorded precipitation from May 1 through July 4, 2012.

A break in the lack of precipitation came July 5 when a storm dumped .30 inches of water on the area.

July became the wettest month of the 2011-12 year with a recorded 1.49 inches of precipitation.

One of the largest contrasts between the 2011-12 year and the 2010-11 year, is the amount of water left in area reservoirs. In October 2011, Piute Reservoir was at 95 percent of storage capacity. This year, Piute Res-ervoir is at 24 percent.

The Sevier River Basin is at 88 percent of the basin wide average as of Sept. 1, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service climate and weather report, which was issued Sept. 4.

The previous water year ended with the basin at 148 percent of average.

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