Taking a look at millennial rainfall totals

Taking a look at millennial rainfall totals

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The normal amount of rainfall each year in Tucson is 11.59 inches.

After a decade, you would expect to have over 100 inches of rain at the airport. Let's look a little deeper and find out how we are doing.

Since the drought began in the desert southwest just over 10 years ago, Tucson has seen below normal rainfall more years than above. Since 2000, Tucson should have received 186.88 inches of rain, we are below that number by more than 15 percent.

Since Jan. 1, 2000, we have seen 156.29 inches of rain. With 2015 being the wettest year yet.

Since record keeping began in 1895, Tucson should have accumulated over 1,403.83 inches of rainfall. We are below that number but percentage wise not at all by that much. We have seen 1,358.55 inches of rain since records began.

That is within 95 percent of the normal, but still off by 45 inches with 30 of those being since 2000.

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