Monsoon Sideswipes Payson

Roundup photographer Andy Towle captured this lightning storm with a 30-second exposure that captured two strikes while the shutter remained open.

Roundup photographer Andy Towle captured this lightning storm with a 30-second exposure that captured two strikes while the shutter remained open. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Expect the monsoons to keep up their typically unpredictable pattern this week with a chance of storms each evening.

So you might not need the umbrella, but definitely keep it handy, according to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.

Payson hasn’t been clobbered since an Aug. 5 storm dumped an inch of rain, but the rest of the region has received more consistent rainfall.

Flagstaff Sunday had another three-quarters of an inch after a rather dry week, said meteorologist Chris Outler.

Outler said the storms are unpredictable, popping up in the evening hours after the sun has heated up the ground.

So far, the counties north of Gila County have had the most monsoonal action with Rim Country on the outskirts.

For the rest of the week, residents can expect a 30 to 40 percent chance of thunderstorms daily with a slight uptick in the chance for rain throughout the week.

“The forecast doesn’t look overly stormy at that point,” he said.

So far for the month, Payson has had 1.51 inches of rain. For the year, Payson has received a little more than 13 inches, compared to an annual average of 22 inches.

The vital Roosevelt Lake reservoir has risen slightly since the monsoons started to about 53 percent of its capacity. On Monday, the Salt River was flowing at 103 percent of normal, the Verde River at about 92 percent of normal and Tonto Creek at only 10 percent of normal, according to the Salt River Project daily water report.

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