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Slow rain still provided a good soaking

Weather looks clear for the next few days

A photographer caught this double rainbow, seen from in front of Praise Chapel in Kingman. (CHARLES WILSON/Courtesy)

A photographer caught this double rainbow, seen from in front of Praise Chapel in Kingman. (CHARLES WILSON/Courtesy)

KINGMAN - The monsoon season has officially ended, but don't put away your raincoat and umbrella just yet.

Another inch of rain fell on the Kingman area Wednesday, bringing the year-to-date total close to normal at about 6½ inches.

The National Weather Service officially recorded 0.76 inch of rain at Kingman Airport, though amounts up to 1.34 inches were measured outside of town, Caleb Steele of the NWS in Las Vegas said.

"This was moisture associated with Hurricane or Tropical Storm Simon," Steele said. "Simon strengthened pretty good off the coast of Mexico and then weakened."

The forecast looks quiet and dry for the week ahead. The weather is returning to its fall pattern with some low pressure and winds going forward, the meteorologist said.

"If we get into more El Nino, then we'll have a better chance for above-normal precipitation," he said.

Ann Cherry found more than an inch of water in her rain gauge in the Hualapai Foothill Estates. She puts the rainfall at 9½ inches so far this year.

"Last (Wednesday) night's rain was the way it should be - a soft gentle drizzle that lasts for hours and had a chance to soak into the ground rather than run off it," she said.

Cherry said she hasn't seen rainfall like this since moving to Kingman 23 years ago.

"Three years ago the winds returned and so did a bit of summer rain," she said. "Two years ago we had more winds and some rain. This year we had really hard and steady winds in the spring. I even commented to my husband how bad they were and we all know how much rain we got this summer. Let's hope for more wind next year."

Another Kingman resident who lives near Kingman Airport emailed the Daily Miner with a report of about half an inch of rain Wednesday.