More rain soaks the Valley

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PHOENIX -- A welcome rain soaked the Valley Tuesday evening, bringing cooler temperatures and some much-needed moisture to the dry desert.

A cloudy day led to rain showers in the early evening, and folks in many parts of the valley reported rain, wind and lightning, though nothing like the powerful microbursts that hit Monday night.

The northwest valley got some serious rain in the late afternoon and early evening. The streets were soaked and traffic was heavy in some areas. Cave Creek and the Carefree area also saw some thunderstorms, and north Scottsdale got doused with with a downpour.

Unlike Monday, however, no major damage was reported. In fact, many people said they were happy to see so much rain in our parched desert. "Glad to have it here, especially since it's been so hot," said one man. "It's nice to get a break from the heat."

Usually when we get a cloudy day in the Valley during the monsoon, it results in a late start to the afternoon thunderstorms. The reasons is we don't get as much daytime heating with the clouds blocking out the sun for most of the day. Once the clouds break, we can see dramatic increases in the number of thunderstorms in the state.

The chance for thunderstorms is in the forecast for the rest of Tuesday night and through the weekend. The air mass is going to stay very moist and we have an upper-level low backing toward Arizona. That should give us the extra instability in the atmosphere that will make for several active monsoon days.

Most of the rain is forecast for eastern Arizona, but there's a decent chance we'll see measurable rain at Sky Harbor International Airport -- the first since April 8.