Weather and nature mostly.
By: Desertrain , 6:09 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Monsoon rainfall 1.98" to date.
Nearby areas, (within a few miles), have had much more.
Usually we receive nearly half of the monsoon rain total here in the first 2 weeks, sometimes have had 6-8" by now, then areas north and west receive theirs.
Last year Tucson had a mediocre monsoon while Douglas Arizona to the southeast had its wettest on record. In my quarter+ century of witnessing the AZ version of the Southwest monsoon, no two years have been alike. Often during the 2 months of the heart of the monsoon persistent patters will seem to hold throughout with occasional exceptions. A valley will experience repeated heavy rainmakers, or will a particular mountain range. You may receive repeated quarter inch rainfalls and 8 miles away might see repeated 2-3" or more deluge.
Being a gardener in an arid landscape often has me wanting more. Ive been working on terracing the land to retain more H2O to keep the cottonwoods and other native trees alive along with fruit trees.
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