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9/17/2012 6:00:00 AM
Like 1931, 2012 a very wet monsoon season in Kingman
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Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter


It's been a wet, thunderstorm-filled couple of months in Kingman. At least one part of the city broke a rainfall record set in 1931 and many other parts came close, but the National Weather Service says don't expect to see much more.

From Aug. 1 to Sept. 14, 1931, a record 6.57 inches of rain fell on Kingman. During the same timeframe this year, 6.89 inches of rain dropped on Hualapai Mountain, 4.84 inches on the Hualapai Foothills, 5.16 inches on Coyote Pass and 2.28 inches on the Mohave Wash at Airway Avenue.

"(Rainfall) is so hit and miss during monsoon season," said Andrew Gorelow, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "But it's looking like it's done for the summer.

There may be rain, but the thunderstorms should subside, he said.

Monsoon season typically ends in mid-September, Gorelow said.

For the last couple of months, there's been a steady southeast flow of air bringing moisture into the area. Much of that moisture got trapped, he said. That moisture mixed with the heat produced thunderstorms, Gorelow said.

During the summer, there's typically a large area of low pressure near Death Valley, Calif., and a large area of high pressure near the Four Corners area, Gorelow said. The clockwise flow of air created by the two pressure systems sucks in moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and traps it within the zone, creating monsoon conditions throughout the Southwest, he said.

The mountain ranges in California block the air from pulling in moisture from the Pacific Ocean, or else the area would see quite a bit more rainfall, he said. This blockage is known as the rain shadow effect.

"If there were no mountains in California blocking the moisture, we would probably have a nice rainforest here," Gorelow said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Article comment by: Weather Guy

@Concerned Citizen II:

I'm not sure why you believe the period since August 1st has been one of the driest in years.

The total rainfall received since August 1st has actually been 1.81 inches (1.56 in August and 0.25 in September). Compare that with the normal amount which would be 0.97 in August and 0.78 in September so far, which would equal 1.75 inches normally. So we are about 0.06 inches above average since August 1st. If you add in July ,in which we recieved 2.01 inches (1.26 above normal), we are actually ahead by 1.32 inches.

Of course we are talking about the Kingman Airport where the official readings are taken. Other parts of the area, as stated in the report, received substantially more rain. I recorded nearly 7 inches on the southeast side of Kingman during the entire monsoon season.



Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen II

@ Ahron Sherman

You're comparing a 1931 record of 6.57" of rain in Kingman with 2.28" of rain in 2012 in Kingman? (Note: Hualapai Mountain, the foothills, and Coyote Pass don't count as Kingman. Only Kingman counts as Kingman and the totals for the same period from the National Weather Service only came to 1.77". Not exactly a record breaker. Actually it was one of the driest periods in many years. You got your facts wrong on oil prices and now on the weather. What happened to good journalist research. Your reputation will follow you, Mr. Sherman.

NWS Figures for Kingman, AZ
---------------------------
Aug. 1.56"
Sep. 0.21"
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Total 1.77"

PS ... most of our rain comes out of the south from Mexico and Baja California. Winds from the west pick up moisture coming over the Colorado River. Watch cloud formations on http://forecast.weather.gov/ to see this in action. Also there was no rain at all in June this year.


Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Beware what you wish for!

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: nnp .....

don't give Obama any more ideas. Hate those Executive Orders.



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