Monsoon rain totals around Valley: Above normal rain in 2013 monsoon

PHOENIX - Although we didn't set any records for rainfall during monsoon 2013, many spots in the Valley did end up with higher-than-average amounts.

Preliminary rainfall data shows that the higher amounts fell across the north and east Valleys over the course of the season.

At Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction, a total of 7.72 inches fell from July through September. This is 3.79 inches above the average amount for that area. Carefree saw 5.18 inches of rain this monsoon, that's 1.78 inches above the average. 

Deer Valley and Casa Grande also received higher amounts of rain this year. 4.91 inches fell in Deer Valley, that's nearly an inch and a half above average. In Casa Grande a total of 4.23 inches were measured, putting that area 1.07 inches above average.  

Sky Harbor only received 0.28 inches above average rain with a total of 2.99 inches for the season. 3.64 inches fell in Scottsdale, that's only 0.52 inches above average. In east Mesa we saw 3.86 inches of rain through the season, only putting us 0.14 inches above average. Litchfield Park also saw above average rain this monsoon but only 0.01 inches above with a total of 3.05 inches.

A few Valley spots did come in below average for rainfall this monsoon. In Tempe only 1.81 inches fell, which is 1.31 inches below average. Maricopa also saw below average rainfall amounts, with a grand total of 1.26 inches which is nearly one inch and a half below average.

Across the state, some of the highest rain amounts were seen along the Mogollon Rim and in Eastern Arizona. The bullseye for the heaviest rain this monsoon sits over southern Apache and northern Greenlee counties where over 18 inches of rain fell from July 1  through the end of September.

Flagstaff saw its second wettest monsoon on record with a grand total of 15.70 inches of rain. Heavy rain also fell along the Gila and Coconino county border, where some spots saw around 12 inches of rain through the monsoon season. Northwestern Yavapai and eastern Mohave counties received just over 10 inches of rain.

Station

June

July

August

Sept

Total (Dept)

Sky Harbor

0.00

1.77

0.36

0.86

2.99 (+0.28)

Deer Valley

0.00

0.48

1.40

3.03

4.91 (+1.45)

Scottsdale

0.00

2.35

0.49

0.80

3.64 (+0.52)

Lost Dutchman SP

0.00

4.10

1.24

2.38

7.72 (+3.79)

Carefree

0.00

2.07

0.18

2.93

5.18 (+1.78)

Casa Grande

0.00

2.62

1.00

0.61

4.23 (+1.07)

Maricopa

0.00

0.58

0.68

0.00

1.26 (-1.47)

East Mesa

0.00

0.43

1.38

2.05

3.86 (+0.14)

Tempe

0.00

0.95

0.30

0.56

1.81 (-1.31)

Litchfield Park

0.00

0.26

1.74

1.05

3.05 (+0.01)

Above data generated from the NOAA Regional Climate Centers and is still preliminary.

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