Storm Dumps Record Rain… But Not in North Phoenix

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The first storms of the 2018 monsoon dumped 1.73 inches of rain in Cave Creek Sunday and set a record for the date in Flagstaff with 0.38 inches. But North Phoenix got skunked.

Only trace amounts were recorded in official gauges in Anthem, Tramonto, Sonoran Foothills and Norterra. At a gauge halfway between New River and Cave Creek, 0.63 inches fell, illustrating the geographic midpoint between one deluge that flooded local washes and ongoing drought.

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Rainfall totals for the past 3 days, recorded by the Maricopa County Flood Control District

Sky Harbor Airport also got just a trace of precipitation. Yet a cell moving through the metro area dumped 1.3 inches in a narrow region of Paradise Valley near Indian Bend Road and the Loop 101.


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Nearly one-third of an inch fell at Sunset Point Rest Area on I-17.

The North Phoenix forecast calls for clear skies into next weekend, with highs in the mid-90s today and tomorrow, then climbing to 108 degrees  by Friday.

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Source: National Weather Service

The forecast for North Phoenix (at Deer Valley Airport):

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Robert Roy Britt
NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.
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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.

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