Las Vegas Is Still Below Its Average Rainfall Despite All the Monsoon Rain
Author: Nevada Globe Staff
LAS VEGAS – Rainfall this year is below the official National Weather Service rain gauge at Harry Reid International.
“It’s a place that probably sees fewer thunderstorms because it’s so far from the geography that generates them,” said Marc Austin, a meteorologist in Las Vegas.
Monsoon storms are more isolated than other storms, which are more widespread, according to Austin.
Because of the Spring Mountains, the west valley will get more rain.
Auston says moving the official rain gauge is out.
“Moving the gauge would reduce its accuracy. We wouldn’t have a reliable data set,” he added.
The NWS rain gauge has existed at the airport for decades, and climatologists use its data to track weather.
We’ve had 1.69″ of rain this year. This time of year sees 2.95” of rain.
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