Downpour Leads To Upturn In Town's Lagging Rain Levels

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With nearly two inches of rain recorded from Saturday through Monday, Payson's rainfall for the month is nearly four times the area's 50-year average for October. The recorded rainfall for the year, however, is still 4.36 inches below average.

Nevertheless, said Payson's hydrologist Mike Ploughe, this storm has brought Payson the best kind of rain.

"It's a slow rain, which is the best kind to get," he said. "Slow rain soaks in more than downbursts, which tend to just run off."

According to Forest Service figures from Oct. 1 to Oct. 23, Payson has received 4.09 inches of rain. Payson's 10-year average for the month of October is 1.09 inches, and the 50-year average is 1.64 inches.

Last October and November, Payson Weather Observer Anna Mae Deming said, Payson received no rain, and only a trace in December of 1999.

"This has been a good rain," she said. "Every bit of it is soaking into the ground and it's conditioning the ground just beautifully. If we get the winter snows that we should, then we'll be in far better shape than the last three years."

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