Despite rain, Tucson remains in a moisture deficit

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Despite a wet month across much of southern Arizona, Tucson is still in the red when it comes to summer moisture.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that the city has received more than 3 inches of rain since the season began June 15. The average for the season is 4.79 inches.
Still, rain has fallen in above-normal amounts in Nogales, Douglas, Bisbee, Safford, Willcox and Sierra Vista. In fact, parts of Sierra Vista near the Huachuca Mountains recorded up to 7 inches of rain in August alone.
Forecasters expect the rain to return this week.
University of Arizona climate scientist Mike Crimmins says patterns are favoring more moisture in September. Tucson averages 1.29 inches of rain in September, but he says tropical storms can boost that tremendously.
Information from: Arizona Daily Star,