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Soggy milestone: Phoenix gets earliest rain in June in its history

PHOENIX — Infrequent June visitors to the Valley dropped by Friday, as thunder, lighting and rain arrived and made a little history.

According to the National Weather Service, it had never before rained in the area on this date in 100 years of record-keeping.

The previous date and last time it rained this early in the month was June 6, 1993.

Lightning flashed in parts of the east and west, and measurable rain fell near New River down to the Chandler Airport and out to Goodyear and past Apache Junction in the other direction.

Authorities attributed lightning strikes to starting at least a dozen tree fires early in the morning.

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