July 5, 2016 / Modified jul 5, 2016 10:45 a.m.

Tucson Recorded 1.59 Inches of Rain in June, Second Most

Rainfall total for month topped 1 inch two other times, including record 2.07 in 1938.

Rain, Monsoon, Storm Intersection spot Heavy rainfall from a monsoon storm floods an intersection in east Tucson.
AZPM Staff


Monsoons hit Tucson at the end of June, dropping near-record amounts of rain.

Last month's storms produced 1.59 inches of rain at Tucson International Airport, the second wettest June on record.

The record for rain in June came in 1938, when Tucson received 2.07 inches of rain, National Weather Service records show.

The Tucson area has seen more than an inch of rain in June one other time in the past 30 years. The area received 1.56 inches of rain in June 2000, weather service records show. But it is not just the total amount of rain that made June 2016 atypical.

"Some of our rainfall events happened at night or in the early morning hours, and that's a little bit unusual," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Glen Lader. "But with so much moisture coming in and the atmosphere being very wet, it didn’t take much in the way of an atmospheric disturbances to help kick of rain during the night time.”

Lader said it is hard to predict much beyond that. Long range forecasts are showing mixed signals about what will come in the rest of the monsoon.

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