The data also probably incorporates precipitation in the alpine altitudes where very few persons (per capita) live. The Salt Lake valley is a desert ringed by mountains, some pushing 11,000 feet. The mountains receive much higher rates of precipitation, including much of the water that evaporates from the valley as the air is forced up the mountains and cooled. In the winter, the heavy snows that result in the mountains from evaporated lake water are termed "lake effect snow".
Originally Posted by Vaughn
To illustrate the difference, yesterday we finally got about 4 inches of snow. Snowbird, twelve miles east of me has 96.
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