2Utah’s ClimateClimate is the “average” weather of a place measured over a long period of time.Has this week’s weather been a good average for Utah’s climate?Snow does not often build up in the valleys, but it does pile up deeply in the mountains!Even if it seems like we have a lot of snow in the mountains, it takes about a foot of snow to equal an inch of rain.
3Utah’s Climate (continued) The growing season is shorter in Northern Utah because the cold winters are longerSt. George has a longer growing season than Farmington
4Our Water Supply Google Earth! Most of our water comes more than 600 miles across California and Nevada from the Pacific Ocean.We in the valleys receive about inches of rain per yearDeserts get less than 10Farmington is not a desert, but it’s close – it is a steppe climate.
6Our Water Supply (continued) Orographic Lifting –
7Our Water Supply (continued) Good point of orographic lifting: The Wasatch Range causes the the clouds to precipitate on us and on the mountains – where we store it in reservoirs!Bad point: There isn’t much water left in the clouds when they get to us.
8Our Water Supply (continued) Most rivers in Utah flow to either the Great Salt Lake or to the Colorado River (and from the Colorado eventually to the Pacific Ocean.)
9Utah’s Plant and Animal Life Indigenous – a plant or animal native to an areaImported – a plant or animal brought to an area by man
10Utah’s Plant and Animal Life Indigenous plantssagebrushgrassesdwarf oakwillowscreosote bushmesquiteJoshua treesImported plantswheatpalm treesfruit treestomatoes
11Utah’s Plant and Animal Life Indigenous Animalsdeerbearbobcatscoyotescougarsbuffalorainbow troutBear River Migratory Bird Refuge makes a great summer home for migrating birds