FIRST ALERT FORECAST: 2021 is officially ranked as the 4th wettest monsoon on record for Tucson

KOLD First Alert afternoon forecast Wednesday, April 29
KOLD First Alert afternoon forecast Wednesday, April 29
Published: Aug. 13, 2021 at 6:11 AM MST|Updated: Aug. 14, 2021 at 11:54 AM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - According to the National Weather Service, As of 11:00 A.M. on August 14th, the Tucson International Airport has recorded 1.60′' of rain, pushing our monsoon total to 10.75′' making 2021 the 4th wettest monsoon on record in Tucson. The yearly rainfall total stands at 11.79′' which also makes 2021 the 4th wettest year to date.

Scattered to numerous showers will redevelop this afternoon, especially for areas that see more sunshine. Slow-moving storms and heavy rainfall will be the biggest concern. A flash flood watch remains in effect until 5 PM Sunday for all of southeast Arizona.

Our rainfall this season has been beneficial in easing our short-term drought. On average, Tucson receives 5.69′' of rain during the monsoon which runs from June 15-September 30th, putting Tucson more than five inches above average for the entire season. According to the U.S. drought monitor, at the start of the monsoon, 87% of Arizona was under extreme to exceptional drought, which is classified as the worst or second-worst category of drought. Today, that number is down to 36%. The U.S. drought monitor gets updated every Thursday. Tucson receives 10.61′' of rain annually.

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