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Water runoff picking up, creating dangers

Jed Boal  |  Posted  May 13th - 7:24pm

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.

Myths vs. facts: What you should do to stay safe in a lightning storm

Carlos Baquerizo, Contributor  |  Posted  May 11th - 3:12pm

More rain and thunder are coming Utah's way and the American Red Cross released expert safety advice to get everyone ready for the thunderstorm season.

Cold, wet storm exactly what reservoirs needed

Jed Boal  |  Posted  Apr 15th - 8:55pm

The cold, wet storm that certainly dampened some spring activities this week is exactly what our reservoirs needed after four very dry years, hydrologists say.

User submitted photos: Utah's record snowstorm

Faith Heaton Jolley  |  Posted  Dec 15th - 3:44pm

Some areas of Utah received record snowfall during Monday's storm, and many residents captured the magic of playing in it, as well as the damage caused by it.

Absurdly hot October sets 8th heat record this year

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 21st - 4:26pm

Even in a record-breaking hot year for Earth, October stood out as absurdly warm.

What to do if you get caught in a flood

Celeste Tholen Rosenlof and Brittany Copeland  |  Posted  Sep 16th - 8:50am

How can Utahns best prepare, and what should they do, if faced with flooding like that in Hildale and Zion National Park?

Video: Local flash flood-chaser films largest event he's seen

Martha Ostergar  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 2:31pm

A local flood-chaser said the largest flash flood he's seen happened last weekend in Southern Utah.

Great Salt Lake's Iranian 'twin' is drying up

John Hollenhorst  |  Posted  Jul 12th - 11:13pm

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.

Kaysville Water Parade to soak onlookers, spread conservation message

Mike Anderson  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 8:53pm

Attendees at the Kaysville Water Parade this Saturday should be prepared to get soaked. Organizers say they will use the parade to send a conservation message.

Weber ‘water police’ cracking down on violators

Nicole Vowell  |  Posted  Jun 22nd - 10:49pm

Officials from the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District are out looking to catch residents over-watering and breaking the current watering rules.

Video: SLC man captures footage of flooding in Lake Powell

Faith Heaton Jolley  |  Posted  Jun 17th - 7:49pm

Flash flooding at Lake Powell recently made headlines, and a Utahn captured it on video.

Forest Service works to ready campgrounds for holiday weekend

Alex Cabrero  |  Posted  May 20th - 10:04pm

Heavy rainstorms moving through Utah this week have made plenty of campgrounds downright soggy. U.S. Forest Service crews spent the day Wednesday trying to get many of those sites ready for the Memorial Day weekend.

Soaking rains saving cattle, farms in Tooele County

Jed Boal  |  Posted  May 18th - 10:31pm

After one of the driest winters on record, Tooele County farmers and ranchers desperately hoped for a wet spring. The recent soaking rains they've received mean many of them already have what they needed to avoid big losses.

Utah, 7 other states get new federal drought aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 18th - 5:17pm

Farmers and ranchers in the West's worst-hit drought regions will receive an additional $21 million to help them save water and soil despite the long dry spell.

Significant rainfall increases workload for Davis, Weber county authorities

Pat Reavy  |  Posted  May 17th - 10:32pm

Farmington Canyon will be closed for the next three days after a giant boulder — estimated to be the size of a small- to medium-size vehicle — fell onto the main road.

Report suggests anticipatory steps to compensate for projected Colorado River supply shortfalls

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted  May 17th - 7:33pm

How can the Colorado River, which is facing its worst drought in a 100-years, be saved? A new report released by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation highlights some early strategies and lays the groundwork for Utah and other states for new options.

Don't water outside for a week, Salt Lake County conservationists plead

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted  May 11th - 4:57pm

A recent bout of spring rains has done nothing to erase the effects of a prolonged drought, but experts say the extra moisture means residents don't need to turn on their outdoor faucets for at least the next week.

Photos: Best of weather after Utah's May showers

Martha Ostergar  |  Posted  May 8th - 5:42pm

A continuing series of storms and showers this week has made for some great weather pictures from around the state. Contribute your photos through iWitness.

Thunderstorms doing little for Utah’s woeful spring runoff

Jed Boal  |  Posted  May 4th - 10:35pm

As soaking rains arrived Monday, it was easy to forget just how little spring runoff is coming from Utah's mountain snowpack. Big and Little Cottonwood creeks should be raging, but water experts say afternoon storms are the best-case scenario now.

Organization, Ogden City at odds over artificial turf

Mike Anderson  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:38pm

The leader of a nonprofit organization in Ogden says she's saving thousands of gallons of water a month, but how she's doing it might be illegal.