Salt lake at record levels

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  • Anonymous


Abstract

Utah's Great Salt Lake rose 1.6 m between September 1982 and June 1983, the greatest seasonal rise measured in 136 years of record, according to a report published by Ted Arnow, chief of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water Resources District Office in Salt Lake City. The lake, which continued to rise after Arnow wrote his report, rose 25 cm in December, a record for a 1-month period. On January 1 the lake's height was measured at 1282.03 m above sea level, the highest since 1887.

The combined effects of above average rainfall in 1982, above average snowfall in the autumn of 1982 and the spring of 1983, and unseasonably cool weather during the spring of 1983 led to the record rise.

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