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Phoenix is 22 percent ahead of 30-year monsoon rainfall average

Aug 29, 2018, 4:30 AM | Updated: 12:08 pm

A motor grader clears debris from a flooded street Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 in Phoenix that was overru...

A motor grader clears debris from a flooded street Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 in Phoenix that was overrun with heavy Monsoon rains on Thursday evening. A major thunderstorm dropped rainfall amounts above an inch in many areas, and flooded streets and washes in north Phoenix and parts of the east valley. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — This year’s monsoon season has dumped 2.2 inches of rain on Phoenix as of Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

The 30-year average of monsoon rainfall to date is about 1.8 inches, the weather service said in a tweet, meaning Phoenix is about 22 percent above average this year.

This monsoon season so far ties for the 37th wettest monsoon season to date out of 123 on record.

The Valley has experienced some extreme weather so far this summer, including a severe thunderstorm on Thursday that produced hail and major flooding in some areas.

August has been the wettest month to date since 2008, and the second wettest since 1995 according to the weather service. As of Monday, Phoenix has received 1.5 inches of rain this month — 0.61 inches above the normal 0.89.

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Phoenix is 22 percent ahead of 30-year monsoon rainfall average