Alliance experiences warm May
As was the case in March and April, May was an unseasonably warm and dry for the Alliance weather record keepers.
The National Weather Service in Cheyenne, Wyoming reports that Alliance recorded six record highs and little precipitation.
Only twenty-nine hundredths (.29) of an inch of rain fell during May, compared to 4.55 inches that fell during May of 2011.
Record highs were recorded on:
May 1 - 75
May 10 - 90
May 16 - 91
May 17 - 88
May 21 - 89
May 22 - 98
A record low of 32 degrees was recorded on the morning of May 29.
The unseasonable conditions have increased water usage in Alliance.
City water superintendent Mike Hulquist says that during May, the city pumped 67,691,000 gallons of water, which is a 48 percent increase over May of 2011. During the first five months of 2012, the city has pumped 21.5 percent more water than it did during the same period one year ago.
The warm, dry weather has also had an effect on the Box Butte Reservoir north of Hemingford. On June 3, the lake reported a storage of 19,687 acre feet of water, which is over 4,000 acre feet less than what the lake held on June 3, 2011, when the Box Butte Reservoir recorded a storage of 24,073 acre feet of water.
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