Saturday, Aug. 2, residents of Payson saw instant lakes pool up around town and rivers flow through drainages as the sky opened up and dumped rain on Rim Country. Another downpour hit Sunday morning.
Brian Kimowski of the National Weather Service, has no worries. He said the weekend deluge was all part of a normal monsoon season.
“For the past 30 days, it’s been normal for this time (of year),” he said.
Kimowski said the Rim Country has seen a couple of “monsoon breaks,” and should prepare for another one coming up this week.
“Monsoon breaks are dry periods between monsoons,” he said. On its website, http://water. weather.gov/precip, the National Weather Service has information on year-to-date rain levels on down to the day’s precipitation.
Gila County shows it has 110 to 200 percent of normal rainfall for this time of the year.
Unlike winter storms controlled by the water temperatures of the equatorial Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico water temperature controls the monsoons.
Kimowski said monsoons traditionally continue through early to mid-September.
On the www.weather.astro50 .com website, locals with rain gauges measured rainfall totaling 1.07 inches Saturday and to .28 on Sunday.
The National Weather Service said Gila County received between .5 inches up to 2 inches in the last seven days.