TUCSON – Record rain (0.76″) on Wednesday put the monsoon total in Tucson at 7.01″. This is the fifth year in-a-row that the City of Tucson has exceeded its monsoon average of 6.08″.
In addition, for the first time since the early 1980s, Tucson has picked up over 7.00″ of rain in three consecutive years.
Drought conditions remain across much of the State of Arizona and according to chief Meteorologist Matt Brode, this is in part due to fewer Winter storms over the past several years.
Abundant monsoon rain has the City of Tucson in a small yearly surplus, but we’ll need to pick up about another 3″ of rain through the end of the year to match our annual average of almost 12″ of rain.
Even though summer doesn’t officially end for a few more weeks, meteorological summer (June, July and August) is now in the record books.
While parts of Cochise County remain in a major surplus of summer rain – even despite a dry August – Tucson will go into the books hot and dry.
Here is a synopsis of summer 2013 at Tucson International Airport where records are kept.
Today marks the exact mid-point of the monsoon- as defined by its calendar start and stop dates.
With a lull in monsoon storms today, it’s a perfect time to assess how areas in Southern Arizona stand when it comes to summer rain.
With the exception of the Tucson International Airport, all reporting cities and towns have recorded above average rainfall.
Tucson is less than 0.10″ below average while places like Douglas have received over 13.00″ of rain since the start of the monsoon.
In fact, Douglas has seen the second wettest monsoon ever; with half of the season still remaining.
The monsoon should shutdown for the rest of the week with slight storm chances returning later in the weekend.
Meanwhile, the drier air will warm up more efficiently as temperatures begin to climb back into the upper 90s to near 100.
Here are some rainfall amounts courtesy of the NWS in Tucson.
If you liked the weather on Monday, today should be nearly a carbon copy. Mostly cloudy skies today with some occasional sun-breaks. Overall temperatures should remain in the upper 40s, and I think we see less widespread 50s. Clouds lower and thicken overnight as a pretty weak rain maker approaches the area.
Rain should begin sometime after midnight in the valleys and continue through the morning commute on Wednesday. By Wednesday afternoon the rain is gone and we see the clouds begin to decay.
Due to the moisture, we may see some fog early Thursday morning, but breezy east winds will develop and sun will return to the region for most of the period through the weekend – and possibly even beyond.
Have a terrific Tuesday,
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An early season storm is moving into the region today bringing rain for all of us and strong winds to the coast. Your Monday brings scattered showers during the morning hours before we see a mid-day dry break. In the meantime winds are howling at the coast where a high wind warning is in effect through 2:00 pm. Late in the afternoon the rain begins again and lasts through much of the evening. Scattered showers will be around through Tuesday morning before we taper off the rain and see the sun again. Midweek looks dry and partly sunny with highs going back into the 70s. Have a great Monday and don’t forget the umbrella.
There is any old adage that says “records are made to be broken”, and this my friends is exactly what happened yesterday across the metro. The perfect combination of lift from an area of low-pressure in Washington state combined with a conveyor belt of humid air provided all the ingredients for widespread heavy rain in the Willamette Valley.
- 1.03″ of rain in one hour – old record was 0.93″ in an hour
- 1.55″ of rain for Sep 7th – old record 0.26″
- 4th wettest September day on record
In case you were wondering, the last time this much rain fell in one day was New Year’s Day 2009 when 2.49″ of rain fell. So far this year Portland has received 25.54″ of rain, a 3.99″ surplus from the average amount of 21.55″. Last year at this time Portland had only accumulated 18.24″ of rain.