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The Monsoon Is Expected To Arrive In Flagstaff And Stay Awhile, Which Ramps Up Flooding Potential In Burn Areas

The Monsoon season will make its presence felt early this year. The National Weather Service says the chance of storms will begin Wednesday, however Thursday could be the first day for significant rainfall at times. Meteorologist Justin Johndrow says flooding will be a concern in Flagstaff the later part of the week and for the forseeable future. He says, “we’re seeing a pretty well-developed Monsoon pattern coming along, which is early.” Johndrow adds, “the chance of flooding on the fresh burn scars, even some of the older ones, is going to go up as soon as we get that moisture in here.” He says, “that’s mainly going to be Thursday for the Flagstaff area and continuing into the weekend and beyond.” Johndrow says they don’t see any patterns of dry air that will push the Monsoon away for possibly two weeks or longer. The National Weather Service says the last time we had an early start to the Monsoon was in 2016. Flagstaff measured just under an inch of rain for June and finished with a Monsoon total of 11.41 inches of rain for the season. The normal amount of rain for Flagstaff for the Monsoon is 7.68 inches.