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Jul 14, 2012 9:38 PM

Saturday's Monsoon storms

TUCSON - Another round of Monsoon showers and storms brings Tucson some pretty impressive rainfall totals.

Officially at TIA we recorded 0.77" bringing our Monsoon rainfall total to 2.12" on the year, according to Meteorologist John Patrick. The only other day that saw more rain so far this Monsoon was the Fourth of July with a total of 0.78". We are still more than double where we should be for rainfall from June 15- July 14. The same storm brought nearly 50mph wind gusts and dropped our temperature from 92 to 69 in just about an hour recording our high and low temperatures in that time period.

The heaviest rainfall was seen on the north and east sides of the metro with radar estimates above 2". There were even several reports of 1" size hail falling in Saddlebrooke. These storms prompted a Flash Flood Warning and Severe Thunderstorm Warning until we started to see things wrap up in Tucson by 5pm.

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms exists for the rest of the night but another round of scattered storms is in the forecast for tomorrow. Enough moisture is hanging around Southern Arizona to see another busy Sunday with storms capable of strong winds, heavy rain and lightning. Scattered storms chances stick around until Tuesday before slightly drier moves in by the middle of the work week. By Wednesday storms will be more isolated in nature as our Monsoon moisture plume shifts into New Mexico.

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