The two to four inches of snow we received on Saturday, April 9 brought needed moisture to our area.
The following day, Sunday, brought clear skies and warming temperatures that melted most of the spring snow. The outlook for this weekend continues to be driving temperatures up and possibly into the 70s during the day. The nighttime temperatures continue to be at or near the freezing mark.
According to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the April 1 survey shows that most snow measurement sites have already melted, which is about a month earlier than normal, said Dino DeSimone, state water supply specialist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
NRCS coordinates the measurements of snowpacks at 44 sites across the mountains of northern and eastern Arizona. “What snow remains is limited to the uppermost reaches of the basins,” DeSimone said.
The Chevelon Canyon watershed is and has been under way from this winters snowmelt with the crest of runoff happening within the last few weeks.
As well, Mormon Crossing, which is an inlet tributary of Chevelon Canyon, currently has watershed runoff that is ongoing.
But due to the early melt, according to the NRCS report, runoff will cease and show below normal results in the upcoming month.
Also stated in the report, these findings are subject to change as weather is unpredictable long term.
The Rim Community Library in Heber-Overgaard recently was the recipient of an award for $900 from the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation.
The staff was delighted to be able to add many of the Newberry Award and Caldecott Award books, along with completing some popular series. The purposes of The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc. is to advance literacy and foster a love of reading among underserved and at-risk children and youth.
Grants are given annually to rural and urban, public and school libraries serving at-risk children. Lois Lenski, who wrote and illustrated over a hundred children’s books, established the foundation over 40 years ago.
Rim Community Library’s young patrons have a wonderful fresh supply of children’s books, thanks to the foundation’s generous award.