More rain in forecast

KINGMAN – Much needed rain fell Tuesday and Wednesday in the Kingman area and a chance for more precipitation remains in place through next Wednesday.

“The pattern has set up over the last couple of weeks to bring in good precipitation and has been a lot more consistent that we expected,” said Randy Cerveny, professor of geography at Arizona State University.

The Mohave County Department of Public Works has precipitation-measuring stations around the county. A check of its Web site this morning indicates that in the 48-hour period ending at midnight two gauges in the Hualapai Mountains registered 1.25 and 1.35 inches. Another near Chloride in the Cerbat Mountains showed 1.26 inches.

Golden Valley received .28 inches. Gauges around Kingman showed amounts ranging from .28 inches at Kingman Airport to .45 inches at the Public Works office on East Andy Devine Avenue. Another station near Petro Truck Stop east of Kingman got .67 inches.

“We’ve been fortunate it was a slow, penetrating rain that did not cause any major problems with the roads,” said Nick Hont, assistant director of the Mohave County Department of Public Works.

“Minor problems resulting from it have already been fixed. The rain helps our grading projects by adding moisture to the soil and compacting it better so it lasts longer.”

The National Weather Service office in Las Vegas has issued a forecast for the Kingman area that predicts a 20 percent chance of showers Saturday. That will be followed by another 20 percent chance of rain Monday through Wednesday of next week.

Cerveny said the jet stream is remaining in place further south than normal for this time of year and is responsible for our storm activity.

“A storm track is now developing such that storms come down from the northwest along the California coast and then into northern Arizona before popping out into the Great Plains,” he said.

“We normally expect a ridge of high pressure pushing those storm tracks north and we haven’t yet seen it, so it’s staying a little cooler and wetter than normal.”