The chance of rain was just 20 percent today. That’s all Mother Nature needed. The downpour got serious just after 5 p.m. in Anthem as a series of thunderstorm cells soaked much of the I-17 corridor from Norterra through Black Canyon City to the Sunset Point Rest Area.
Then, just as it was setting, the sun poked out and generated an incredible, horizon-to-horizon rainbow.
This month was already the wettest October ever for Phoenix, with 5.32 inches so far at Sky Harbor Airport. It’s also the 4th wettest month ever, period. Local storm totals as of 6:15 p.m.:
- Anthem West: 0.98 inches
- Anthem North: 0.67 inches
- Tramonto: 0.59 inches
- Desert Hills: 0.28 inches
- Sonoran Foothills: 0.28 inches
- Norterra: 0.24 inches
Heavy rain fell in pockets elsewhere in the Valley, while leaving many areas bone dry. Meanwhile, here was the scene at about 5 p.m. from downtown Phoenix:
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The forecast calls for sunshine and highs in the low- to mid-80s starting Wednesday and through the weekend.
RAINFALL TOTALS SOURCE: Maricopa County Flood Control District