It's been a very unusual and wild weather day in the Las Vegas Valley today. The combination of plentiful monsoon moisture and an upper-level disturbance moving through south-central California has brought a deluge of rain, causing flash flooding.
Here are a few of the interesting statistics.
The normal high temperature is 101 today with a normal low of 79. The highest temperature today was 83, but that was before dawn. For much of the daylight hours, temperatures have been in the low 70s, 6 to 8 degrees below the normal low.
As of 2 p.m. PT, McCarran Airport has had 1.60 inches of rain, Henderson has had 2.14 inches, and Boulder City came in with 1.26 inches. It was still raining as I write this. To put this into perspective for you, the normal YEARLY rainfall is 4.20 inches. Before today, McCarran had 0.63 of an inch this month; so in the month of August, there has been more than half of the normal yearly rainfall.
Drier air will move into the Las Vegas Valley tomorrow as the richest monsoon moisture gets pushed to the east.
the water level on this massive reservoir had never been lower than what was reached on July 9.
It has been pretty hot of late in the interior Northwest but even hotter weather looks likely by Sunday and Monday.
It does not usually rain this time of year; when it does, this is usually how it happens.
This is the beginnings of the summer monsoon pattern that typically starts around the first week in July.
This third straight below normal rainfall season just put the final defining stamp on what has become a nearly statewide exceptional drought.
But it seems as if the Tropics are going to come to life again over the weekend and early next week.