North Phoenix Rain Totals: 1.5 to 2+ Inches

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A park in Amber Hills, a neighborhood just south of Tramonto, was flooded this morning. North Phoenix News Photo by Karen Goveia

UPDATED 6:21 p.m. — Just as predicted six days ago, it’s coming up deuces for much of the region. More than 2 inches of rain has fallen in New River, in two gauges near Anthem and at Lake Pleasant, with more than 1.5 inches in Tramonto, Norterra and elsewhere in North Phoenix. Suburban streets became small streams and officials warned of flooded washes that would be dangerous to cross. Rain and showers from Rosa’s remnants could continue into tomorrow.

And just as it seemed things were letting up, the National Weather Service at about 6 p.m. issued a Flash Flood Warning for parts of North Phoenix and nearby areas.

More rain and showers are possible throughout the night and into Wednesday. Storm totals so far:


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In North Phoenix, the average rainfall for October is 0.77 inches.

Rosa itself, once a Category 4 hurricane with top sustained winds near 145 mph, dissipated overnight and is no longer considered a tropical storm. Its disorganized center crossed the Baja Peninsula this morning.

On a lighter note, excitement was evident among officials in charge of forecasting and monitoring the storm (FCDMC = county Flood Control District):

That was the rainfall total for Sky Harbor Airport since midnight—it has since exceeded 2.2 inches. The NWS had for several days predicted 2-3 inches from this storm. And it’s far from done.

Storm Notes, Photos & Videos

  • Today was (so far) the 9th wettest day ever in Phoenix, as recorded at Sky Harbor Airport, with records dating back to 1895. And it’s already the 5th wettest October on record — just two days in.
  • This storm has had widespread effects. More than 1 inch fell in just about every measured location across the Valley.
  • A whopping 5 inches was measured at a gauge in the mountains near Crown King.
  • Nearly 3 inches fell near the I-17 Bumble Bee exit north of Phoenix.

The chance of rain in North Phoenix falls to 70 percent tonight and 50 percent Wednesday:

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Daisy Mountain in the rain at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2.
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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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