We have had very little rain and snow this winter. In years whose winters were also dry, what happened in the following springs and summers? Did the dryness persist?
— Casey Waldkoetter
The dryness tended NOT to persist in the spring seasons (March-May) following dry winters, nor in the summers (June-August).
As of Jan. 19, total precipitation this winter season (since Dec. 1) stood at 3.33 inches. Beginning with the winter of 1870-71, 25 other winters recorded similar precipitation totals through Jan. 19. Precipitation in the following 25 spring seasons averaged 10.34 inches, versus the long-term average of 9.43 inches, and only three springs were dry.
Average summer rainfall was 11.89 inches, versus the long-term average of 10.84 inches, and only five summers were dry.