As August comes to a close and we look ahead to September, we're getting a better idea of what the final month of monsoon season 2018 will look like.
It's been an active season so far. For Phoenix, we've seen 2.2 inches of rain this season. 1.5 inches of that was during the month of August. Typically, we see .89 inches of rain in August, so that total makes this the wettest August in the last 10 years!
It has also been an impressive season so far in the high country. 8.67 inches of rainfall has been measured in Flagstaff. That's more than 3 inches above normal, and puts Flagstaff at its 11th-wettest season so far!
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Prescott is also faring well, with its sixth wettest monsoon season so far to date. Check out some other high country rainfall totals so far, according to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.
This rain is much needed after a very dry winter and spring across our region.
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And chances are looking good that this next month will bring an active end to the season as well. Check out the Climate Prediction Center's September outlook:
This means there's an above-average chance that we'll have above-average precipitation for the month of August. Even better news? The CPC's outlooks show the likelihood of wetter-than-normal weather through fall and winter as well. This may be thanks in part to developing La Niña conditions. More on that in this previous blog.
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Stay tuned for the latest forecasts for monsoon storms in September. Looks like we'll see things begin to ramp back up across the state over this upcoming Labor Day weekend.
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