The Tucson monsoons improve drought conditions slightly | Local news
The Rillito River raged west of Swan Road on Friday. Recent storms have made this year’s monsoons the wettest ever by July 25th.
The Santa Cruz River, shown on Friday, flowing south to north, is bank to bank with runoff from storms that filled ablutions that feed the normally traveled river.
The monsoon season has slowly helped southern Arizona recover from persistent drought problems and improved drought conditions in Tucson by one category.
Tucson has gone from an exceptional D4 drought to an extreme D3 drought, according to the National Weather Service.
With storms rising last weekend, the NWS said it expected drought conditions to improve over the next few weeks with the help of monsoon activity.
“We’re not out yet, but it definitely helps,” said the NWS.
So far, Tucson International Airport has seen a total of 5.88 inches of rain during this monsoon season, the NWS said. This month’s storms made this the wettest monsoons through July 25th. July rainfall – 5.71 inches – makes this the fourth wettest July and the sixth wettest month on record. An average July during the Tucson monsoon season receives 1.79 inches of rain, the NWS said.
There has been 2 to 3 inches of rainfall in the Catalina Foothills area for the past week, the NWS said. There has been 6 to 7 inches of rain in the Foothills area for the past 30 days.
In the metropolitan area of Tucson there was just over 2 inches of rainfall this week, the NWS said. Areas to the northwest have seen 2 to 3 inches of rainfall while the south side has exceeded 2 inches.