Rainfall Doubles July Average

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Two different storms that stalled over Payson July 14 and 16 dropped more than four inches of rain -- double the average rainfall total for the month, according to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.

Meteorologist Bob Fogarty said that since July 14, Payson has received 4.45 inches.

"The average for July is 2.69 inches," Fogarty said. "So, that's well above the average."

Rain fell Monday afternoon, raising the totals even more.

Local meteorologist Anna Mae Deming said she measured a rainfall total of 5.45 inches as of Monday night.

"Yes, it's a lot of rain for July," Deming said.

The big rainfall Wednesday, which totaled 2.56 inches, was a result of a storms which stalled over Payson.

"... There was a line of showers that developed on the eastern Mogollon Rim and drifted off southwest through Gila County and actually stalled-out in the Payson area," Fogarty said.

He said the Flagstaff office of the National Weather Service declared the start of monsoon season on July 11, but until July 14, only a trace of precipitation was recorded.

"By (July 11), we had three days of moisture coming from the south, coming out of Mexico which is basically what the monsoon is," Fogarty said.

The monsoon pattern usually continues until early to mid-September, Fogarty said. The potential for more rain is in the forecast, he said.

"For the next week, we are describing a low- to moderate-grade monsoon which is not a great pattern at this point, but it's not going to be completely dry."

A break in the storms could allow the street department to catch up on the clogged culverts and granite-laden roads.

"That's all we've been doing since last Wednesday," Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett said. "The first bunch of rains is always the worst because all the loose material that's on the ground floats away and plugs up the culverts. We still have a lot of cleanup to do and the street sweeper has been broken since last Thursday, but it should be fixed (Tuesday)."

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