Tucson monsoon: August rain chances 'above' normal

2012-07-20T12:00:00Z 2012-07-20T15:31:21Z Tucson monsoon: August rain chances 'above' normalKori Rumore / Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

According to a one-month outlook from the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center, Tucson's chances for August rain are looking up.

The center, basing its conclusions on several forecasting models, expects most of the Southwest to see more rain than normal next month, but the Midwest and Pacific Northwest are expected to see below-normal precipitation.

Normally, Tucson receives 2.39" of rain in August at Tucson International Airport. So far in July, the site has recorded 3.51" of rain — that's 4.53" total since January 1, or slightly above-normal precipitation for the year.

According to this week's update from U.S. Drought Monitor, much of Southern Arizona is experiencing severe drought.

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