Jun 14, 2012 7:58 PM

How much rain will Monsoon bring?

TUCSON - Monsoon officially begins tomorrow, but don't expect to be dodging any rain drops yet.

Glen Sampson, from Tucson's National Weather Service office, says we still have to wait a little longer. He also says there are no indicators we'll receive above average rainfall this year.

"The outlook for this Monsoon season is basically equal chances of below normal, above normal, or near normal precipitation."

The average amount of rain we usually receive during the Monsoon is between 6 and 7 inches. Last year we received over 8 due to a late September downpour near the airport.

Many areas in Tucson received much less than that.

Leland Mason, from Tohono Chul Park, says even some of Arizona's native plants are feeling the heat.
Saguaro Cacti are sinking in, prickly pears are wrinkling and burr sages are turning brown.

"We have indications in the plants that it's been dry a lot longer than it should be," Mason continued.

He says without a wet Monsoon, some of the parks natural vegetation may disappear.

"If we don't get another good one this year, we're going to wind up losing some of our basic desert plants."

If that's the case, he hopes some will re-grow with future rain.

For more information on the vegetation at the park, go to http://www.tohonochulpark.org/wordpress/


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