A new wave of monsoons moves in the Phoenix area


A new monsoon wave passed through the Phoenix area on July 26.

Adverse weather conditions began to affect areas south of the valley during the afternoon. Our photojournalist managed to capture video of a thundercloud dumping rain in an area south of Riggs Road and I-10.

SkyFOX later captured rain falling in other parts of the Valley as well, with pockets of rain and thunderstorms popping up in the Litchfield Park, Maryvale and Youngtown areas.

This storm came a day after two monsoon time laps traveled some parts of the valley. A dust advisory has been issued for parts of the East Valley including Ahwatukee, Chandler and Tempe until 2:45 p.m. July 25. The dust storm cleared fairly quickly, but was followed by a strong thunderstorm cell a few hours later that brought heavy rain to parts of the East Valley.

At one point on the night of July 25, approximately 1,100 SRP customers were without power. Power has since been restored.

A Flood monitoring was issued for the 15 Arizona counties as the storms are expected to bring heavy rain, wind and lightning. The flood watch for Maricopa County, as well as watches issued for Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma counties will remain in effect until 5:00 a.m. July 27.

Some areas see more rain than others

According to National Weather Service officials, the state is at or just above normal rainfall for the year so far, helping to ease the drought somewhat.

However, not all regions receive the same amount of rain. In June, areas west and south of Phoenix saw above normal rainfall totals, but areas north and east of Phoenix were below normal.

The storm brought relief from the heat to residents of the valley

The storm brought temperatures down to parts of the valley, and for some pet owners it was time to take their pets to the park.

“It’s very nice. It’s much cooler to take the dog out. He’s been dying to go to the dog park, clearly,” Ashley Kelly-LaSalle said.

“It’s really hot. I feel like my skin is baking every time I go out in the sun, but now anything over a hundred is like, ‘wow! that’s nothing!'” , said Evan Soloman.

Soloman is experiencing the monsoon for the first time: he moved to Phoenix from South Carolina.

“It’s no worse than any hurricanes we get in the south,” Soloman said.

Flood concerns rise for Flagstaff residents

Recent storms, and by extension the monsoon season, have not only affected residents of the Phoenix area.

In Flagstaff, the city’s mayor signed an emergency declaration as the city is hit by flash flooding caused by rain falling on scorch scars from recent wildfires, which has rendered the ground essentially water-repellent. The emergency declaration will help community members access much-needed resources.

Parts of the northern Arizona city and surrounding areas have been hit by multiple rounds of flooding in recent weeks and months. Cleanup efforts for these floods continue, as rocks and mud from the mountain slide into homes and front yards as quickly as crews clear them.

“I just feel like it’s been the last two days. I mean, they got rid of a lot of stuff, but it comes back every time. That’s what’s kind of demoralizing,” Lisa Wells said.

Meanwhile, the rainy weather is raising more concerns about the possibility of more flooding.

“It’s been raining a lot the last few days,” Wells said.

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Road conditions

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Rain/Flood Safety Tips

The American Red CrossTips for heavy rain situations and flood safety:

  • Turn around don’t drown! If you must drive and encounter flooded roadway, turn around and take an alternate route.
  • If you are caught on a flooded road and the waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
  • Tune into your local radio, NOAA radio or news channels for the latest updates.
  • If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, be prepared to evacuate quickly.
  • Follow evacuation orders and do not attempt to return until authorities say it is safe.
  • If power lines are down, do not walk in puddles or standing water.
  • If the power is out, use a flashlight. Do not use naked flames as alternative lighting.

Be prepared and stay safe during the monsoon

“Most Valley residents know how quickly and quickly storms can come in and out, bringing high winds, dust, rain and flash flooding. These storms can cause service disruptions, such than water, electricity and gas,” Captain Ashley Losch said. of the Glendale Fire Department.

GFD reminds residents of ways to prepare and stay safe:

  • Have flashlights with extra batteries handy.
  • Have foods that can be prepared without the need for cooking or refrigeration.
  • Have at least one gallon of clean water for each person in the household.
  • Have backup power for anyone requiring power for a medical device.
  • Have backup power for cell phones that do not require charging.
  • Have a first aid kit ready and accessible.
  • Never drive in areas where water is flowing; it takes less than 10 inches to wash a car.
  • Avoid flooded areas, such as washrooms.
  • If the waters are rising, seek higher ground.
  • Do not approach downed power lines, the ground can be powered up to 200 feet.
  • Keep pets indoors during storms.


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