July rainfall total well below average

Despite 17 days of measurable precipitation in July, Prescott's official measuring site recorded only about half of its average rain.

The National Weather Service site on the northeast side of town at the Sundog wastewater treatment plant registered 1.56 inches of rain in July.

While that's a lot compared to the previous several months during the fire season, it's not so good during the annual monsoon.

The 108-year average for July is 2.90 inches of rain, making last month's total 54 percent of the average.

July usually registers the second-highest precipitation of any month in Prescott, just behind August.

Rains during the monsoon often are spotty, hitting one area harder than another nearby. For example, when the Prescott airport on the north side of town recorded 0.63 inches last week, Sundog recorded only 0.42 inches.

By Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service was calling for a 20-percent chance of rain today through Thursday, increasing to a 40-percent chance Friday through Tuesday.

The agency was alerting northern Arizona residents that increasingly saturated soils could lead to flooding problems.