Q: Rainfall has been rather limited this year, how much below normal are we at this time?
A: The recently released annual water report shows rainfall totals for the 2002-2003 water year (April through March) indicate that Payson, like much of the Southwest, remains in a prolonged drought. While the long-term precipitation average is 22 inches, Payson received only 13.6 inches during 2002-2003 -- 38 percent below normal. This marks the fifth straight year and ninth year in the last 10 that precipitation levels have been below average.
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