Phoenix weather: Weekend Monsoon recap, rain chance decreasing

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- It was a rather rainy weekend in many parts of Arizona. Flash flooding occurred in many locations as we saw thunderstorms which produced a lot of rain and did not moving very fast.

At Sky Harbor Airport, where the official weather stats for Phoenix are kept, .19 of an inch of rain fell this weekend while many areas were up over one inch. 

Officially, we've had .96 of an inch of rain so far in Monsoon 2012.

A year ago, we’d already gotten 1.41 inches of rain by this date. Last year, the monsoon spigot promptly turned off in August and September. We only received about .2 of an inch of rain to finish out a dismal monsoon. 

So, even though some areas have gotten a bunch of rain, most areas have not and we continue to see rainfall values around metro Phoenix below average.

If you’re interested in the weekend totals around town, look at the map along with this article.

Not included on the map, Fountain Hills, which got more than 1.5 inches of rain. San Tan Valley, SE of metro Phoenix, also received up to 2 inches of rain.

By now, we should have received just over 1 inch of rain. Two years ago we nearly doubled that. Last year we were ahead of the pace. However this year, our monsoon rainfall is below average, to-date.

In Phoenix on Monday night, we may see a few showers and on Tuesday, a few PM thunderstorms. Most of the action tonight is in western Arizona, which remains under a Flash Flood Watch until midnight. 

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