Saturday's high temperatures are projected to be in the mid-70s along the Wasatch Front, 20 degrees higher than what is typical this time of year. The last few months have been ones of extremes, and experts are warning Utah residents to be prepared.
Despite significant dam crises in California and Nevada so far this month, no state-inspected dams in Utah are currently considered to be of special concern, according to the state's leading expert in the safety of such structures.
Hot temperatures and little rain in July is worsening the state's ability to counter the effects of a prolonged drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor now classifies some areas as in moderate drought and much of northwest Utah remains abnormally dry.
The wet, cool spring has held off the runoff, but the flow is picking up and high-elevation streams like Big Cottonwood Creek will continue to rise until they peak around Memorial Day. That has safety experts warning people to keep their distance.
An inland sea in Iran may provide a lesson for its twin in Utah: the Great Salt Lake may disappear if we take too much water. Scientists from both countries are sharing information, hoping to avoid a disaster in Utah like the one in Iran.