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The old way to measure monsoon rain

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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 4:00 am

Today, residents, business owners and farmers can go online, watch television or even bring up the weather report on a telephone. However, not so long ago, Tucson had another way of measuring storms.

Farmers living near the East Prince and North Country Club roads used watch towers. At one time five were built, with the last one still standing at 3149 E. Prince Road, next to the Rillito River.

The gray tower, with a winding staircase was built in the 1950s.

Farmers received their weather reports from people who were stationed at the towers.

Monsoon tracking information

Tucson, Phoenix, Albuquerque, and El Paso average 6.06, 2.77, 4.12, and 5.14 inches of precipitation respectively during the Monsoon. A plethora of rainfall statistics can be found at the NWS Monsoon Tracker page at

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