This summer’s monsoon season has been one of the wettest on record. Yesterday’s public information statement from the National Weather Service in Flagstaff give the details below. We aren’t quite done, yet. The rest of this week is looking similar to the first part of the week. Then, yet another wet weekend is in store for us. However, next weekend is looking fairly dry. The longer range GFS computer model is showing additional chances for precipitation in the distant future.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FLAGSTAFF AZ 940 AM TUE AUG 24 2010
…NORTHERN ARIZONA`S WET MONSOON SEASON CONTNIUES…
YESTERDAY`S RAINFALL OF 1.15 INCHES MEASURED AT FLAGSTAFF`S PULLIAM AIRPORT MARKS THE FIFTH OCCURANCE OF AN INCH OR GREATER DAILY RAINFALL THIS SUMMER. ONLY ONE OTHER SUMMER HAS EXCEEDED THIS YEARS FREQUENCY OF 1 INCH OR GREATER DAILY RAINFALL DAYS, WHICH WAS 1986, WHEN SIX DAILY OCCURANCES OF AN INCH OR GREATER WERE OBSERVED.
ADDITIONALLY, THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL SO FAR THIS MONSOON SEASON (WHICH OFFICIALLY BEGAN JUNE 15TH) HAS MEASURED 9.54 INCHES AS OF AUGUST 24TH, MAKING THE 2010 MONSOON SEASON THE 4TH WETTEST TO DATE SINCE RECORD KEEPING BEGAN.
(JUNE 15TH – AUGUST 24TH)
1. 14.25 – 1986
2. 10.33 – 1919
3. 9.97 - 1904
4. 9.54 - 2010
5. 9.24 - 1908
THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION TOTAL FOR JUNE-AUGUST IN FLAGSTAFF IS 5.09, AND WITH THE 9.54 INCHES COLLECTED SO FAR, WE`RE RUNNING AT 187% OF NORMAL. THUNDERSTORM CHANCES CONTINUE THIS WEEK SO STAY TUNED TO SEE IF FLAGSTAFF REACHES ANY HIGHER INTO THE TOP 5 WETTEST MONSOONS.