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January could get wetter

A snowman stands along a path at Lazy YU Ranch in the Hualapai foothills after a storm passed through the Kingman area last week. More of the same is expected Wednesday.
JC AMBERLYN/Miner

A snowman stands along a path at Lazy YU Ranch in the Hualapai foothills after a storm passed through the Kingman area last week. More of the same is expected Wednesday. JC AMBERLYN/Miner

Sunday's area rainfall has brought Kingman to two to three times its normal amount for January, and it may not be through.

"Wednesday will bring a northerly air flow to Mohave County that will allow another storm to drop down and clip you," said Larry Jensen, staff meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas. "There is the potential for another storm late Saturday into Sunday, so we're in a period of unsettled weather."

The system that should reach Mohave County on Wednesday is moving down from the Gulf of Alaska and will "brush" the northern part of Arizona, according to Randy Cerveny, professor of geography at Arizona State University.

NWS forecasters say Mohave County should have sunny skies with temperatures in the low 40s today. There is a 20 percent chance of rain Wednesday into the night with a snow level down to 4,000 feet.

Rain gauges maintained by the Mohave County Department of Public Works indicate the following amounts recorded in the 36-hour period ending at 8:30 a.m. Monday: 1.02 inches at Harrison Street and Interstate 40; 1.14 inches at Stockton Hill Road and Northern Avenue; 1.48 inches in Coyote Pass; 0.83 inches at Holy Moses Wash; and 3.07 inches at Petro Truck Stop east of Kingman.

Totals at those locations for January include: 2.95 inches at Harrison and I-40; 3.27 inches at Stockton Hill and Northern; 3.6 inches at Coyote Pass; 2.76 inches at Holy Moses Wash; and 5.16 inches at Petro Truck Stop.

Kingman Airport normally receives 1.28 inches for January, according to data from the Western Regional Climate Center in Reno, Nev.

Why has January been much wetter than normal?

"The jet stream is further south than normal," Cerveny said. "The storm track has been over California and Arizona, and it's not supposed to be that way.

Warm, wet

"The long-range forecast is calling for warm and wet and that's great for us. It's what we need to break the drought," Cerveny said.

Subtropical moisture has moved north across Arizona since Saturday night, bringing 1 to 2 inches of rain to some locations in Mohave County, Jensen said.

The Palmer Drought Index measures soil moisture content. Asked where Mohave County stands after months in the extreme drought category, Cerveny said, "What they say now is the entire state is near normal in terms of soil moisture. Parts of southern Utah and southern Nevada are above normal and that's something we haven't seen in a long time."

Data from the Climate Prediction Center in Silver Spring, Md., indicates Mohave County should be above normal for temperatures and precipitation during February, March and April, Jensen said.

According to the WRCC, average maximum and minimum temperatures and precipitation for Kingman for those months include: 59.2 and 34.9 degrees with 1.06 inches for February; 62.9 and 38.2 with 1.39 inches in March; and 71.2 and 44.3 with 0.45 inches for April.

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