The long-anticipated monsoon has slowly begun to bring refreshing rainfall to the area with scattered thunderstorms popping up over the past week. The official dates of the monsoon season are from June 15 thru Sept. 30, and over that span up to 60% of the region’s annual rainfall can occur.

The 2021 monsoon saturated the area with above average precipitation and 11.3 inches of rain in Sierra Vista, while the previous year was much drier with a disappointing monsoon, resulting in just 3.1 inches of rain, according to the University of Arizona College of Ag & Science measurements.