July one of wettest on record for Verde Valley

July rainfall in Cottonwood totaled 2.54 inches in July 2015, 156 percent more than the average monthly accumulation of 1.69 inches. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

July rainfall in Cottonwood totaled 2.54 inches in July 2015, 156 percent more than the average monthly accumulation of 1.69 inches. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

COTTONWOOD -- If you thought July was wetter than normal, you are right. In fact, in Cottonwood it was not only wetter than normal, it was also cooler as well. July is typically one of our driest months.

According to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff, which compiled precipitation data for the month, the rainfall in Cottonwood totaled 2.54 inches in July 2015, 156 percent more than the average monthly accumulation of 1.69 inches.

Average high temperature for the month in Cottonwood, according to the weather bureau, was 97.1 degrees this year, a 2.5-degree reduction from the typical 100.1-degree high temp.

Show Low Airport broke its record for the greatest rainfall in July. At 5.46 inches, that volume was more than three inches or 229 percent greater than the 31-year record for the weather station.

Closer to the Verde Valley, Prescott established the second wettest July with rainfall 1.33 inches more than the 3.44-inch average, a 163-percent increase.

Other Arizona weather stations which recorded significant rainfall for their location during July included Chino Valley, the Blue Ridge Ranger Station, Canyon de Chelly and Pinetop.

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