Rainfall for July surpasses the norm

A dousing of rain in the Grand Valley early Sunday morning did more than offer needed moisture for parched plants and lawns.

The rainfall measuring in at 0.11 inch of rain in Grand Junction after about 3 a.m. meant total rainfall surpassed normal levels for the month of July. Grand Junction has received nearly an inch of rain so far in July, specifically 0.98 of a inch. Normal rainfall amounts for the month are a little more than a half-inch of rain or 0.56 of a inch, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

“It’s still a long way until we’re near normal (for the year),” said meteorologist Mike Chamberlain.

While any rain is better than nothing, Grand Junction still is 2.45 inches short of its normal rainfall for the year. Since the first of the year, 2.4 inches of rain has fallen in Grand Junction, the Weather Service reported.

The monsoonal weather system currently targeting the Grand Valley is coming up from the Texas panhandle, a weather pattern that is most favorable for our area to receive precipitation, Chamberlain said.

A chance of rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast through Wednesday night. More wet weather is expected to move back into the valley next weekend, he said. “You get surges and ebbs,” Chamberlain said. “That’s kind of the nature of monsoonal patterns.”

In Utah, officials attribute a decrease in Utah wildfires in recent weeks to a combination of rain and restrictions on guns and fireworks. But they warned the fire season is only half over and fire danger remains high across the state.


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