2018 precipitation just below average
The Yuma area almost reached normal precipitation in 2018, but it was concentrated in just a couple of months.
Based on precipitation figures from the CoAgMET station located at the Irrigation Research Foundation site, Yuma received a total of 16.63 inches of moisture last year.
The National Weather Service in Goodland, Kansas, determined that average annual precipitation for Yuma is approximately 17.5 inches.
Therefore, Yuma came close to average, though in reality it mainly fell in May and June.
May had a total of 4.27 inches of precipitation, and June was even more wet at 5.94 inches. That equals 10.21 inches, accounting for 61 percent of all the moisture in 2018. That means the other 6.42 inches were spread out over the other 10 months.
A total of 1.94 inches fell over the first three days of May. A total of 3.19 inches fell on June 6, making it the wettest day of 2018. A total of 1.14 inches fell on August 25. Yuma received a total of 1 inch of precipitation from October 7 through October 10, when a couple of early-fall snowstorms hit the region.
The first four months of last year totaled 1.7 inches — zero on January, 0.42 in February, 0.34 in March and 0.94 in April. The first three days of May surpassed the first four months.
July had 0.63 of an inch, September 0.47, and October 1.4 inches. The year ended on a dry spell with 0.33 of an inch in November, and no precipitation in December.
The dry trend has continued into this year with zero precipitation recorded in January at the CoAgMET weather station, though there has been some snow this month.