Tempe, north Phoenix get most evening rain

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August 6, 2008 - 6:15AM

Tempe, north Phoenix get most evening rain

John Leptich, Eddi Trevizo, Tribune

Tempe and north Phoenix were hardest hit by Tuesday night’s rainfall. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which was temporarily closed, received 0.63 of an inch of rain. That matched the amount recorded at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Salt River Project reported a brief outage at Van Buren Street and Priest Drive in Phoenix, but no problems elsewhere. An APS spokeswoman said 5,500 customers were without power at various times Tuesday night, most of them in downtown Phoenix. All but two dozen had service restored by Wednesday morning.

Other areas affected by rain were west Mesa with 0.59 of an inch and south Scottsdale, with .16.

Jaret Rogers of the National Weather Service in Phoenix said a 20 percent chance of rain is forecast for Wednesday night and likely the remainder of the week.

“It’s still going to be monsoon weather,” Rogers said.

The southeast Valley had been under a severe thunderstorm warning late Tuesday night.

Gusts of wind reached 41 mph at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and 51 mph at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where several flights were grounded and flights were delayed by as much as 90 minutes.

“The weather impact lasted for about an hour. There wasn’t a federally imposed land stop, it was up to the pilots. Right now we are just playing catch-up,” said Deborah Ostreicher, deputy aviation director.

The severe thunderstorm and flood advisories were made around 9:30 p.m. and canceled at 10 p.m. According to the Weather Service, Mesa, Tempe and Chandler experienced the greatest amount of rainfall. However, authorities reported no weather-related crashes, flooded streets or power outages.

Mesa got the most rain at Broadway and Dobson roads, with .55 inches. A rain gauge at ASU in Tempe received .51 inches, and .12 was recorded at the Salt River near Priest Drive, as well as .08 inches near Broadway and Lindsay roads.

The storms were triggered by gusty winds called outflow boundaries, which push warm air from other storm systems upward, said meteorologist Jessica Nolte of the Phoenix National Weather Service.


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