Moisture in 2014 a big improvement; last year colder with 26 days at zero or below
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
For the first time since 2011, Imperial had 20-plus inches in moisture.
Using moisture totals provided by Cory Schuller of Imperial, a cooperative weather observer for the National Weather Service, the year 2014 concluded with 20.38 inches of moisture.
That’s up nearly six inches from 2013 and almost eight inches more than 2012, a major drought year when just 12.51 inches were recorded and marked the lowest moisture total for Imperial in 10 years.
June was the wettest month of 2014 as local wheat farmers know. Schuller’s records show 7.93 inches of rain fell in June, resulting one of those
“million dollar rain” months that helped produce a much better wheat harvest than expected.
The month of May also helped out in that regard with 3.41 inches of moisture recorded.
The driest month of 2014 came in November with just .07 of an inch of moisture.
Snowfall was also up in 2014 compared to the year before, as 39.5 inches of the white stuff fell in Imperial. More than 35 percent of the entire year’s snowfall came in February when 14.5 inches were measured.
February also produced some extremes in high and low readings. It warmed to 60 degrees twice that month (16th and 17th), but temperatures dipped to -21 on Feb. 5, one of the two coldest days of the year.
The highest temperature recorded in 2014 was 103, coming twice in July (20th and 24th). Only one other day in 2014 was 100 degrees or better, and that also came in July when 100 degrees was recorded July 21.
It was a much colder year, however, in 2014 than the year before, with 26 days showing low temperatures at zero or below.
Again, the extreme days on the cold end came in February with eight days at or below zero. The coldest days of the year were the two days at -21 Schuller recorded in February and again on Dec. 30.
January 2014 was also a chilly one with six days at zero or colder.