The summer weather has finally cooperated with firefighters and residents in Southern Arizona, providing plentiful precipitation that has restored critical water-storage tanks to full capacity.
Earlier this summer, drenching monsoon rains provided much needed relief for firefighters battling wildfires across the state, particularly in the Catalina Mountains. In addition to providing stunning greenery and abundant wildflowers, the rain also means firefighters, residents and visitors will not face shortages in water supplies for a while, a welcome relief after drought years limited the amount of water.
Water tanks, including two near mountain neighborhood Summerhaven, are full, and springs are flowing ideally. With over one million gallons of water stored, firefighters will have more water to battle future blazes than in years past.
It’s all thanks to heavy rains in July and early August. Nearly 16 inches of rain fell in July alone, a welcome occurrence after blistering temperatures and scorching wildfires earlier in the season.
Monsoon season isn’t over yet- there could be more moisture as the season continues through September 30th, according to the National Weather Service.
And there could be more monsoon moisture to come. The monsoon season continues through Sept. 30, as defined by the National Weather Service.