Monsoon 2012 has unofficially ended

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Yes, there’s a possibility we could still get some rain into Arizona before the end of the month, which is the official end of the monsoon.

But if we do, it wouldn’t really be monsoonal in nature, and there probably won’t be that much of it. Likely, it will be dry in the vast majority of locations in Arizona into October.

So we’re looking back at a monsoon that wasn’t exceptional, except that we had rather normal precipitation around metro Phoenix. The folks over at the Maricopa County Flood Control District prepared a map showing rainfall across the Valley during the Monsoon of 2012.

While officially the monsoon at Sky Harbor will be 3 inches, the map shows that most of the rain fell in the east Valley, with more than 8 inches in some locations.

The map is a little unusual in that we normally see most of the summer thunder precipitation in the northern and eastern reaches of the Valley, driest in the west.

To an extent, that pattern holds, but check out central Phoenix. Many locations had a bunch of rain. How many times do we lament storms never making it into the central city. They did this year.

As for our forecast, sunny and dry through the weekend with temps moderating. By next week, we should see highs in the 90s again.