Nothing But Blue Skies ...

The small lake at Green Valley Park was covered with mist as blue sky and bright sun greeted Paysonites into a new week.

The small lake at Green Valley Park was covered with mist as blue sky and bright sun greeted Paysonites into a new week. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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After a week of snow and clouds, Rim Country has nothing but rising temperatures and blue skies on tap for the rest of the week.

The storm last week dumped a surprising 6 to 9 inches in Payson and more than a foot on the Rim, making for spectacular billows of mist off the frozen lakes in Green Valley Park at dawn, which Roundup photographer Andy Towle captured last week.

The series of storms boosted depleted Rim Country rainfall totals, with 3.18 inches in January and 1.46 inches in February. That unofficial measurement has converted snowfall into rainfall.

That compares to a long-term average of 2.3 inches of rain and 4.8 inches of snow in January and 2.3 inches of rain and 5 inches of snow in February.

The lowest temperature recorded in January hit 6.5 degrees and the low for February hit 12.6 degrees. That compares to record lows of minus 8 in January and 1 in February.

The January high hit 68.6 degrees and the February high 66.9, compared to record highs for the month of 77 in January and 80 in February.

Despite a couple of good storms that dumped on Payson and Pine, rainfall totals for the region remain low compared to the long-term average.

On Monday, Tonto Creek at the junction with Roosevelt Lake carried 99 cubic feet per second, compared to a normal total of 77 cfs.

However, the Salt River carried 311 cfs into Roosevelt, compared to a normal total of 362 cfs.

Roosevelt held just 47 percent of its capacity — about 771,000 acre-feet. Even with the cool winter temperatures, it’s losing 60 acre-feet daily to evaporation, according to the Salt River Project’s daily water report.

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