July already third wettest

By ERIC BETZ

Sun Staff Reporter

A severe thunderstorm warning issued by the National Weather Service on Thursday was followed closely by hail the size of quarters and an inch of rain in just under an hour on the eastside.

By the time the deluge let up, 2.25 inches had dropped in the area between the base of Mount Elden and Fanning Drive.

The rainfall proved too much for the already saturated ground to hold.

The flows rushed down Mount Elden and made their way through Upper and Lower Greenlaw, Siler Homes, the Fourth Street corridor and onto East Route 66.

The neighborhoods were the latest in a string of homes hit by high waters in the past 10 days.

“We’re bucking up on the monthly (rainfall) record for Flagstaff,” said Megan Schwitzer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.

The city’s official gauge at the Flagstaff airport has recorded 6.46 inches of rain for the month, which makes this July already the third wettest ever recorded, and with six days to go.

The all-time record was logged in 1919, when the airport gauge hit 7.58 inches.

Forecasters expect the soggy weather to continue through at least Sunday, with a 50 percent chance of rain listed for today’s forecast.

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