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.
Parts of Southern California are likely to have temperatures near 90 degrees again by Monday and Tuesday.
A prolonged rain-free pattern is setting in.
By this time in 1998 there was twice as much rain that had occurred to date compared to 2015-2016.
Could an unusual El Nino precipitation pattern be as simple as looking at the state of water temperatures?
One thing that I find interesting is that the pattern since fall has not been your typical El Nino storm pattern.
There are signs of a possible stormier pattern beginning the week of Jan. 18.