East Valley sees first rain of monsoon season

Jun 18, 2022, 1:45 PM | Updated: Jun 19, 2022, 11:23 am
(KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross)
(KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX — Those in the East Valley saw measurable rain Saturday, marking the first storm of Arizona’s monsoon season in metro Phoenix this year.

The activity started early in the south and west and spread east as the day continued.

Around 1 p.m., the areas of Gold Canyon and Superstition Mountains saw the most amount of rain, according to the Flood Control District of Maricopa County.

Gold Canyon saw .67 to .98 inches of rain, while Superstition Mountains had 1.02 inches.

Rain was also detected across Queen Creek, south Chandler San Tan Valley and Apache Junction.

Rain gauges by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Apache Junction captured .04 inches of rain, while parts of San Tan Valley and Queen Creek received .35 inches.

Sky Harbor Airport received a trace of rain for the first time on June 18 since 1988. It has not received measurable rainfall on the date since 1967.

Chances for showers and thunderstorms increase to 30% by nighttime with a low of 81 degrees, according to National Weather Service forecasters in Phoenix.

A Flood Advisory was issued around 1:20 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. near Queen Creek and Florence by the NWS.

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