PHOENIX (ARIZONA'S WEATHER AUTHORITY) -- If you have missed the rain in Phoenix, you are not alone.
There is plenty of excitement as back-to-back storms bring some much-needed moisture to our state.
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We've been in a bit of a dry spell. The last time we saw measurable rain in Phoenix was Aug. 28. Sky Harbor picked up 0.14 inches of rain that day.
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So, how does our nearly two-month dry streak compare to other dry times in Phoenix?
Well, it doesn’t really come close.
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The worst stretch of no measurable rain in Phoenix was back in 1972, according to data from the National Weather Service. From late December to early June, the Valley of the Sun was bone dry, with no rain in our rain gauges. That’s more than five months with no rain!
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It’s not a giant shock to see dry fall months here in Arizona. October is our fourth-driest month out of the year behind April, May and June.
On average, October drops about half an inch of rain at Sky Harbor International Airport, the official measuring spot for Phoenix. So, even though this latest dry streak isn’t so unusual, many people will be happy to see rain return to the desert.
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