Snow begins to stick in the high country
This was the scene from the boat ramp on Madsen Bay early last Friday morning after a storm went through and dumped about an inch of snow on the Scofield Reservoir area. According to a report Phil Palmer, the district manager of the Price River Water Improvement District, gave to the PRWID board on Tuesday evening, the wet weather in the last couple of weeks has changed the water situation a great deal. The reservoir actually rose during the storms from a low of 7588.75 to 7589.5, or three-quarters of a foot. While it is still very early in the season the Mammoth-Cottonwood snow pack is 309 percent of normal and the precipitation in the same area is 225 percent of normal. In the White River drainage the snow pack is 467 percent of normal with precipitation that has run at 290 percent. October is the beginning of the water year, so these figures are early in that period, but the moisture levels in the soil are an advantage to any precipitation that falls later because the dirt is so saturated that the water will run off rather than soak in. It is particularly good for snow pack. Palmer reported that presently there are 4,220 acre feet of usable water in the 60 year old reservoir.