Blustery Storm Leaves NoPho Nearly Dry

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Multiple trees were uprooted in Anthem Country Club in Monday’s storm. Photo courtesy Erin Zidzik

Yesterday’s storms brought dust, strong winds and rain to most of the greater Phoenix Metro area, but NoPho—the I-17 corridor from Norterra to New River—saw some of the lowest precipitation totals in the Valley. “We had insane winds and a tiny tiny bit of rain,” said Anthem Country Club resident Erin Zidzik, adding there were “lots of trees down.”

In multiple rain gauges from Anthem through Tramonto, Sonoran Foothills and down to the Norterra area, less than a tenth of an inch was recorded. Yet characteristic of the fickle monsoon, nearby Deer Valley Airport got three-quarters of an inch. A gauge at Lake Pleasant recorded 0.55 inches.

Brandon Hodge reported a tree down in the Carefree Crossing neighborhood, between Dove Valley Road and the Carefree Highway. He also posted to Facebook a video of a downpour on I-17 just south of Dove Valley Road.

Elsewhere, the storm casualties were somewhat humorously minor. “Saw some small tree branches and trash debris in neighbors’ yards this morning,” said Tramonto resident Kim Chenoweth Johnston. “We will rebuild.”

Tim Goodall, who lives near I-17 and Dove Valley road, posted a video on Facebook of garbage cans blowing along the street. A similar scene unfolded in Anthem:

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Among the casualties of Monday’s storm. In&Out Publications Photo

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Sunlight lit up dust blowing into the Anthem area at 4:46 p.m. Monday, with the mountains of Tramonto in the distance. In&Out Publications photo

Elsewhere around the Valley

A 79.5-mph wind gust was recorded near Florence, according to the Maricopa County Flood Control District.

Sky Harbor Airport set a new rainfall record for the day, with 0.56 inches, breaking the previous high of 0.44 inches in 1996. More than an inch landed in a handful of gauges, including one in south Phoenix and another in the mountains north of Carefree.

This morning, APS had “2,165 customers remaining without power in pockets across metro Phoenix.”

APS dealt with several power outages around the Valley, and traffic lights on some Phoenix intersections were without power. “We’re seeing heavy traffic jams on #PHX streets due to power outages affecting traffic signals & rain accumulation on roadways,” the city’s streets department tweeted last night, adding in a separate tweet that they had response crews out clearing roadways of downed trees and other debris.

The roof blew off an apartment complex near 25th Street and Van Buren, according to the City of Phoenix:

One unusual aspect to the storms was that nearly every part of Phoenix got at least some rain, said meteorologist Paul Iniguez. That usually happens just one to three times per summer, he said.

Monday’s storm was reminiscent of the first (and only other) storm of this year’s monsoon, June 17, which also dumped significant rain in pockets around the Valley but missed North Phoenix. There will be more opportunities. The forecast for North Phoenix has a chance of showers or thunderstorms every day through Saturday.

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.
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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.

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