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.
As of the end of June there had been no named storms in the Eastern Pacific basin.
This is some serious and dangerous heat. Outdoor activity is just not at all recommended during the daytime.
A strong ridge of high pressure in the West brings the highest heat of the season so far to a large area.
Combine the cold with the wind and some precipitation and there is a real danger of hypothermia.
Any shower and thunderstorm can contain heavy downpours, heavy enough to cause temporary, low-lying ponding.
According to all long-range models, the warmest area in North America compared to average will be over the Northwest.