Southwest Storms

July 23rd, 2013 at 1:55 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Lightning Las Vegas   Flooding TucsonHere’s a picture of the Allure Building in Las Vegas Saturday night. (from Richard Brian and mynews3).  Las Vegas only got a total of 1/4″ of rain, but Las Vegas did get at least a trace of rain 3 days in a row.  The record heat from earlier in the month as eased.  Las Vegas has had 4 days in the row and 7 of the last 12 days that have been cooler than average.   It rained over much of the Arizona desert on Sunday.  Pic. on the right is flooding in Tucson (from KVOA) The highest total was 3.15″ at Lost Dutchman State Park.  Rainfall totaled 1.50″ at Scottsdale, 0.89″ at Phoenix and 0.30″ in Yuma.  There was local floodingFlooding and wind damage (one injury) was reported around Tucson.  Tucson has had 2.57″ of rain this month.  Phoenix has had 0.98″.  Muskegon has had only 0.63″.    The high temperature of 87 in Phoenix on Sunday was the coolest high temp. in July since 1986 and the coolest day since May 6.

Finally – cool sunset pic. 

4 Responses to “Southwest Storms”

  1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    Anyone want to venture a guess as to how ‘wide’ that lightning bolt was in the first picture?
    It looks huge, and that building seriously can’t be very small.
    Wow.

    1. Cort S. says:

      The ionization channel of lightning is usually no more than a centimeter thick. I’m guessing it looks so much thicker on camera because of brightness saturation.

  2. David says:

    Yep, the seasonal Monsoons are here and recently enhanced by Low Pressure. This Low Pressure track was unusual because it came in from the Northeast. When not raining it has been mostly cloudy for much of the Southwest, which has kept temps down.
    The rain has been very welcome here in Big Bear Lake, CA since we have had very little precip so far this year.

  3. Mike S says:

    The SW needs the rain – yearly amounts are still below normal. Glad to see the rain!

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