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5 monthly rainfall records set in July in northern Arizona

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Posted at 4:48 AM, Aug 03, 2021

Weather officials say an active monsoon season around northern Arizona in July brought five monthly rainfall records.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff say Show Low had 8.79 inches of rain last month, Payson had 6.98 inches of rain and St. Johns had 4 inches of rain.

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Officials also say Walnut Canyon National Monument had 8.67 inches of rain and Tuzigoot National Monument near Clarkdale had 6.14 inches of rain.

Other cities in northern Arizona such as Page and Window Rock also had above-average rainfall last month. Those cities fell short of breaking any records.

The recent stretch of wet weather brought even more drought improvement around the state, although there’s still a long way to go. While 99% of Arizona is still experiencing some level of drought, the area covered by an Exceptional Drought - the worst kind - has dropped to approximately just 9%.

Those monsoon storms brought much-needed moisture to the state, but they also brought dangerous and damaging floods to several areas like Globe, Miami, and Flagstaff.

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