Phoenix dry spell ends with record-breaking rainfall

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by Kim Quintero

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Posted on March 2, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 2 at 3:00 PM

PHOENIX -- From famine to feast, Phoenix ended its 70-day dry spell by setting a new daily rainfall record.

Sky Harbor International Airport reported that .94 inch of rain fell on Saturday. That smashed the old daily record of .64 inch set back in 1976. Sunday morning, the storm total was .99 inch.

Communities across the Valley reported storm totals ranging from about a half inch to an inch and a half.

It wasn’t just rain that fell. In the high country, both Arizona Snowbowl and Sunrise Ski Resort reported more than a foot of snow.

As the storm tracked east out of Arizona Sunday morning, the Valley saw clearing skies. Sunday afternoon, Phoenix is expected to see a mix of clouds and sun with a high of 70.

A ridge of high pressure will build in for Monday, kicking off a warming trend that will bring 80-degree temperatures back to the Valley by Tuesday.

This ridge will be a "dirty" one, meaning batches of cloud cover will break through from time to time. No rain is expected though in the Valley.

By the end of next week, our forecasting models indicate another system could sweep through Arizona, but as of now, no rain is expected. Potentially, we’ll see some breezy northeasterly winds.

Stay tuned as we track the changes. 

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