Yesterday’s storm dampened what some may have hoped would be a lovely day, bringing heavy rain at times to parts of the North Valley. The storm flooded washes through the night in what’s become a common scene this winter.
The National Weather Service said there was still some minor flooding of washes early this morning, “mainly north of Phoenix, including near Cave Creek and New River.” Storm totals through 6:20 a.m. today:
It’s not unusual for the mountains to wring more moisture from storms in the northernmost parts of the Valley. Total rainfall since Nov. 1 now ranges from about 2.5 inches in the Sonoran Foothills region to roughly 3.5 inches in the Anthem area and more than 4 inches in the northern parts of New River.
Historical average rainfall for Deer Valley Airport, where long-term official records are kept, run about 4.71 inches for the four months from November through February. Areas near the mountains typically get around 20 percent more, according to the state climatologist, though long-term records don’t exist.
The North Phoenix forecast calls for partly sunny skies later today and unsettled weather through the weekend, with a high of 65 degrees today and mid- to high-fifties through the weekend. There’s a 40 percent chance of rain Sunday.