Lower moisture, less snow mark 2019 weather year
After setting a monthly moisture record in July 2018, the weather year for 2019 was likely going to be a bit drier, and it was.
Moisture in 2019 was more than 3.5 inches lighter than the year before, but last year still had a near-record month of rainfall as the year’s total reached 20.04 inches.
June 2019 was highlighted with 6.60 inches of rain in Imperial, which was the sixth wettest June on record.
Next to June, the second wettest month last year was May with 4.21 inches, and a very important growing month for crops. July was third wettest with 3.65 inches.
While moisture came every month last year, it didn’t equal the totals from 2018, partly due to considerably less snow last year, too.
After a snowy 2018 that saw 48 inches of snow, last year recorded just 29.3 inches of the white stuff. Most of that came in November when nine inches fell.
February 2019 recorded the next biggest month for snow with 6.3 inches. Other snowfall came in January, March, April, October and December, the latter with the smallest monthly total at .70 of an inch.
With the 2019 moisture included, Imperial’s 124-year moisture average dropped slightly to 19.85 inches.
There were more days with temperatures at 100 degrees or high and fewer days at zero or below in 2019 compared to the year before.
Seven days recorded 100 degrees or better and came in June, July and September. The year’s high of 103 degrees was recorded on two days—June 29 and July 18.
Eight days saw temperatures drop to zero or below, all in February and March. The coldest temperatures of 2019 came March 3 when a -12 was recorded.