Feb. 1, 1918
JANUARY MILD BUT SHY IN SNOW AND IN RAIN FALL
But half of the average rain fall fell in January—a total of 2.17 inches against an average of 4.35, making the monthly deficiency 2.18 inches. The total seasonal rainfall (since September 1) is 9.48 inches against the average of 14.77 inches, making the seasonal deficiency 5.29 inches.
The average rainfall for February is 3.62 inches. Last year 3.37 inches fell and in 1916 the rainfall was 1.51 inches. The lightest February rainfall was in 1913 with 0.10 inch. The heaviest on record was in 1904, when 10.37 inches fell. Since then, 1909 with 6.50 inches in February, with 11.11 in January was the wettest recorded since the year of the big flood in 1890 when 8.46 inches of rain in January was followed by 8.03 in February, the flood resulting from the carrying away of several feet of snow.
January, 1918, was unusually mild and balmy, the mean maximum being 49.1 and the mean minimum 33.3. No snow fell and but six nights was there a frost.
The coldest weather was on the 31st, with 22, the coldest of the season. The cold spell came just in time to check the rapidly swelling fruit buds and delay what promised to be a too early spring. In no recent year has there been so little snow in the mountains, there practically being none and early pasture is excellent for livestock.
Temperature — Mean maximum, 49.16; mean minimum, 33.3; mean, 41.2; maximum, 58, on the 5th; minimum, 22 on the 31st; greatest daily range, 25.
Precipitation — Total, 2.17 inches; greatest in 24 hours, 1.10 inches on the 12th.
Number of days with .01 inch or more precipitation, 16; clear, 5; partly cloudy, 20; cloudy, 6.
Dates of killing frost, 10th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 31st.