Arizona 2009 Rainfall Map

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By Royal Norman By Royal Norman

PHOENIX - Sky Harbor Airport will end up with a five inch rainfall deficit for 2009.  The total rain in the official bucket checks in at 3.26”, the 7th driest year on record for Phoenix.  Our records go back to 1895.

But we all know just because it doesn’t rain at the airport, doesn’t mean it hasn’t rained in the Valley.  But the annual rainfall data for other metro rain stations monitored by the Maricopa County Flood Control District showed the same story:  it was a very dry year.

Most of the bigger rainfall amounts were in the northeast Valley.  Most of the smaller amounts in the west Valley.  That’s pretty typical.  But none of the stations reached the average rainfall for Phoenix of 8.29”. 

We’ve included a map that we used on the air to show you some of the rainfall totals in your neighborhood.