After several mild winters with little snowfall, Eagle Mountain has experienced a plentiful winter.
Current snowpack, as of today, from 8-20 inches was reported depending on the location and elevation, according to WeatherStreet.com.
Living in a desert region, one might think that would mean dry and hot, but in the Cedar Valley, a rich array of weather events with all four seasons is enjoyed.
The area is an abundant habitat with a full array of animals and plants that have adapted to the sometimes harsh conditions. According to National Geographic, more than one billion people, one-sixth of the Earth’s population, actually live in desert regions. That includes Eagle Mountain.
Desert animals have evolved ways to help them through times of drought and heat as well as cold.
National Geographic further discloses that desert plants may go without fresh water for long periods of time and have developed long roots that tap water from deep underground. The cacti have special means of storing and conserving water.
Having received an abundance of rain and snow this winter means that wildflowers will be abundant throughout the spring, summer and fall during their various bloom times.
The first measurable snowfall this season was reported on Oct. 23 and 24, 2022. This has been followed by more rounds of snow Nov. 2, Nov. 28; and Dec. 2, 5, 7, 8, 12-15, 24, 28-29 and 31.
Snowstorms continued throughout Jan. 2-3, 5-6, 10-11, 15-18, 22-23, 27-29. Snow was also seen during February, with trace amounts reported until the recent snowfall Feb. 21 and 22.
This frequent snowfall was interspersed with periods of rain, heavy and prolonged at times, supplementing the large aquifer situated in the community.
Few automobile accidents were reported during Tuesday and Wednesday’s winter storm. Safe driving is encouraged while Eagle Mountain City Streets department crews continue to work to clear the roadways.