October was a dry month according to moisture totals tallied by Dr. Bateson, Susanville’s resident meteorological expert.
Last year Bateson recorded 4.33 inches of precipitation in October, down to only .88 inches this year for 60% of average for the month.
The month continues this year’s dryer than average conditions.
“We have only received .91 inches for the season since July first and that’s only 40% of average,” explains Bateson, “Thursday’s snowstorm brought us around a quarter of an inch of snow that had only .15 inches of moisture in it.”
Last weekend the doctor took measurements at Eagle lake which is down to 1 inch over 5096 feet – approximately 6 inches higher than last year on the same date.