Aug 28, 2014 9:19 PM by John Patrick

Has Monsoon 2014 made the grade?

TUCSON - Monsoon 2014 doesn't come to a close until September 30, but storm opportunities may be numbered.

Some are celebrating the monsoon's recent break, while others are already missing the summer storms. With about a month left in the official season, southern Arizona is seeing some signs of the monsoon coming to end.

With Tuesday's storms fresh on the minds of Tucsonans like Charles Pifer, this year's monsoon seems to have made the grade.

"Up until this last Tuesday I would have given it a ‘C' or a ‘D' but we got hit really hard," said Pifer.

Even some long time Tucson residents like Melaney Seacat would give monsoon 2014 an A+.

"The storms have been magnificent. I mean there have been some huge storms," Seacat said.

However, in a recent poll we posted on KVOA.com most people agreed this year hasn't quite stacked up. Out of nearly 200 people polled, 37.5 percent gave this year a 'C' and nearly 21 percent a 'D' grade.

Jake Karnas was one of the many Tucsonans who thinks this monsoon hasn't been up to par.

"I'd give it a D. It's been lacking and it hasn't been raining consistently," Karnas said.

So far, Tucson has recorded 3.32 inches at TIA, where the official records are kept. That is 1.21 inches below average.

News 4 Tucson Meteorologist Jeff Beamish said other parts of the metro have fared much better.

Beamish pointed out that Oro Valley has seen 6.50 inches, while places like Three Points and the Catalina Foothills have recorded 4 to 5 inches so far.

The farther southeast you go, the more rain you get. Places like Douglas, Sierra Vista, and Nogales have seen 8 to 11 inches from June 15 through August 28 and all of that rain has been great for the drought.

"Severe drought numbers are at 57 percent of the state, down 8 percent from last week and this is the second consecutive week we've seen drought numbers decrease," said Beamish.

There is still a possibility for an El Nino event to form in the eastern Pacific by the winter months, which could mean a wet season ahead. Beamish said only time will tell, but there is a glimmer of hope for more drought relief.

If the summer rains have missed your neighborhood, the monsoon isn't over quite yet. There are still a few weeks left to transport more monsoon moisture into southern Arizona and therefore, a few more storm opportunities.


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