And we were one of the drier areas! Many places around us were between 5-10 inches this July making it a pretty memorable one and the 6th wettest July in Catalina since 1977. Here’s the list of those wettest for Catalina:
1. July 2006 7.22 inches 11 days with measurable rain
2. July 1984 6.54 inches 17 days with measurable rain
3. July 1990 5.25 inches 12 days with measurable rain
4. July 1983 4.94 inches 9 days with measurable rain
5. July 20081 4.73 inches 12 days with measurable rain
6. July 2012 4.45 inches 15 days with measurable rain
1The record begins in 1977 down at Our Garden garden on Stallion Ave and in July 2008, is a mix of their records for the first half of the month, and here on East Wilds Road for the second half, and from East Wilds Road thereafter.
Here is the NOAA 30-day radar-derived rainfall map, ending July 31st, for Arizona to provide an overall picture of how well our State did this July. Also shown is the percentage of normal map. You can find these maps here.
De-briefing for yesterday
A disappointment for sure, since the day before, the models had indicated a pulse of rain moving through in the afternoon. But then they changed by yesterday morning. The rain pulse was gone. That’s what weather computer models do; they say they like you and then they say they don’t, in a sense.
However, if one looked far enough to the south in the evening, there was a Cumulonimbus way off in Mexico, maybe a 100 miles or so, that was exactly headed this way. It lasted about 20 minutes and never crossed the border. Oh, well. Rain hope springs eternal.
Closer ones suddenly popped up to the NE and ENE, quite pretty, but they weren’t moving this way.
There was too much haze yesterday, too.
The Weather Ahead
Seem to have entered a break in the showers now. U of AZ mod (here), crunching data from 11 PM last night, doesn’t think the rain will be back until the 3rd.
We can hope its WRONG again!