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Strong storm brings more than 3 inches of rain to Park City, 2 inches to Columbus
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, May 30, 2019
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A strong storm system that began Sunday evening and ended Tuesday afternoon brought buckets of rainfall to Stillwater County and surrounding areas.

From midnight Monday through midnight Tuesday, Park City recorded 3.44 inches of rain, followed by Rapelje with 3.07 inches and the Columbus area with approximately 2.21 inches, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The moisture was concentrated in central and northern Stillwater County, with Absarokee and Fishtail recording 1.22 inches and 1.53 inches, respectively.

The heaviest-hit location in the region as far as rainfall was 14.6 miles north of Pompey’s Pillar with 3.84 inches, followed by Fort Smith in Big Horn County with 3.79 inches.

The NWS had issued flood warnings ahead of the diluge, but no significant flooding occurred in Stillwater County, according to County Disaster and Emergency Services Director Carol Arkell.

A funnel cloud was spotted near Joliet Sunday night, but never touched down. Roads and bridges were damaged farther east in Big Horn County. At least one road was flooded in Wheatland County.

Monthly Numbers

With just a few days left in the month, Columbus’s precipitation total stands at 3.60 inches. That compares to the normal amount of 2.44 inches at this point in the month.

Mystic Lake has received 4.63 inches of rain in May. The normal amount is 3.23 inches.

Rapelje’s 5.54-inch rain total is up from the normal amount of 2.29 inches.

It is has also been a cool month. The average daily high in Columbus is 58.4 degrees, which is 10.9 degrees cooler than normal, according to the NWS.

Mystic Lake’s average daily high of 48 degrees is 10 degrees colder than normal. Rapelje’s average daily high of 55.3 degrees is 12.1 degrees below normal.