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Mon, April 22

Rainfall total Friday about a half-inch

KINGMAN - A little over half an inch of rain fell on the valley starting Thursday night and lasting well into Friday, the National Weather Service reported.

The official recording at Kingman Airport was 0.54 inch, bringing the year-to-date total to 0.81 inch. That's about 33 percent short of the normal January rainfall of 1.26 inches.

Most of the precipitation has pushed north of the area, although there may still be some light rains measuring a few hundredths of an inch, NWS meteorologist Chris Stachelski said from Las Vegas.

"There's still a chance of some overnight stuff sneaking on through, but the lion's share of the rain is gone," he said Friday.

There was a 30 percent chance of showers for early Saturday morning, with a forecast of nothing but sunshine today and a high near 64 degrees.

It's the first "decent" cold season precipitation in Mohave County since 2010-2011, Stachelski added. Last winter was extremely dry for most of the area, with just one storm that came in toward the end of 2013.

Friday's storm follows last year's strong monsoon season that dumped up to 9 inches of rain in some parts of Mohave County. It was one of the wetter summers in decades, with several deluges that flooded streets and stranded motorists.

A forecaster with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in October predicted another warm winter for Arizona with above-average precipitation and an El Nino system that's weaker than usual.

"The entire Southwest is favored to have above-average precipitation," said Mike Halpert, acting director of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. "How much, we can't say. The monsoon was good with all of the cyclones and tropical storms forming on the Pacific."

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