PHOENIX -- We are looking at a fairly active monsoon weekend around Arizona, with numerous thunderstorms having the potential to produce flash flooding.
Through Saturday, nearly the entire state is at risk for big storms. On Sunday, the forecast maps are indicating the heaviest storms will be in eastern and southeast Arizona. In fact, some of those areas could receive more than an inch of rain this weekend.
Significant rain is also possible from the mountains of Yavapai County along the Mogollon Rim to the White Mountains.
In the Valley, overnight rainfall numbers were generally not that impressive. However, we did have areas that radar indicated may have gotten more than one inch of rain. That’s why we had some flash flooding in areas northwest of metro Phoenix.
At the airport, we received .20 of an inch of rain. We’re now at 1.57” for the year, still more than three inches below our normals. Still, much of the overnight and early morning rain was the more beneficial type that came slow enough that the ground is able to soak it up.
For the Valley, chances for rain are running around 40% overnight, 30% on Saturday and less than 20% on Sunday.
Bottom line: moisture levels are up and it’s the middle of August, thunderstorms can break out virtually anywhere in the state.