The last time a good rain fell in this area was way back on May 6—at least until Monday afternoon. A thunderstorm dumped .65 of an inch of much-needed rain.
“We’d been getting a few small installments over the past few weeks, but we were still running way behind,” said George Isobar, who keeps Morenci climate data for the National Weather Service. “I was beginning to think back to June of 1988.”
In 1988, only half an inch of rain fell during June after a decent, but below-average May rainfall. Finally, things evened out in July with more than five inches recorded.
“Things were starting to look a little worse this time around because only 1.41 inches fell in May and 1.15 in April,” Isobar said. “Before Monday’s thunderstorm, we had only .36 of an inch for the first 17 days of June. Now we’re up to an inch.”
That’s not likely enough to turn lawns green again, but it’s an important rainfall for farmers.