If you think we've had an active monsoon season, you're right

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The 2012 monsoon season is shaping up to be a wet one -- bringing rain totals for Phoenix to above average levels.

So far during this monsoon season, the official total for Phoenix is just shy of 3 inches, which is above average.

"For the entire monsoon season, the average is 2.7 inches, so we're above average," said Doug Green, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

To put those numbers in context, this is only the third time in 10 years that Phoenix has had above average rain during the monsoon season.

Those totals may even see a boost in the next couple of days.

"There's a pretty good chance we'll get more precipitation," Green said. "We're already above average, and last year we were below average."

This year's totals were given a big boost the past few weeks, particularly this past Friday when we saw flash flooding. That flash flooding led to the rescue of a man in a Goodyear wash.

Without the rain of the past couple of weeks, Phoenix and the surrounding areas might still have ended the monsoon season below average.

"The month of August started off very dry and hot," Green said. "The first 14 days of August was the hottest first 14 days of August on record in Phoenix in the past 117 or 118 years."

The 2012 monsoon season comes to a close on Sept. 30. There is a chance that the valley will see more rain to add to our above average totals before that time.