Waiting for wet & wild in Havasu
Lake Havasu City’s monsoon season is anticipated to kick back into gear today.
A 10 percent chance of thunderstorms is forecasted for today, which will be followed by a mix of 10 and 20 percent chances of thunderstorms for the next seven days, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Clay Morgan.
“You’ll probably be more likely to just see a thunderstorm nearby than to be directly underneath one but there is an off chance that you’ll get directly underneath one any given day as well,” he said
Temperatures are forecasted to range between 105 and 109 degrees over the next several days, Morgan said.
Monsoon season in Arizona is officially declared by the National Weather Service as falling between June 15 and Sept. 30 each year. However, Meteorologist Chelsea Kryston told Todays News-Herald that monsoon season in Havasu typically begins early July.
Kryston also stated that, between July and August of this year, the monsoon season in Havasu was predicted to be “equal chances” to last year during the same period. Normal precipitation for Havasu in June is .01 inches of rain, .15 inches in July, .33 in August and .36 inches in September, she said at the time.
According to Morgan, .35 inches of rain was recorded for the past 30 days in a zone that falls between the La Paz County and Riverside County lines and Needles, California. During that time, the zone saw a minimum of .05 inches of rain and maximum of .87 inches of rain, both recorded at the Lake Havasu City Airport, he stated.
Lake Havasu City’s Water Resources Coordinator Doyle Wilson, who also tracks the weather for the city, reports that while monsoon season was off to a good start last month, Havasu, overall, may see one of its driest years in 2018.
He estimates that Havasu has received about one inch of rain in July. He added that between January and early July, there have only been four days of measurable precipitation with July being the highest.
“That is as bad as we’ve ever had here, that is as dry as you’re going to see and, fortunately, the pop up showers in the first of July has helped save us a bit,” he said. “Hopefully the second half of the year will be better than the first half.”