• Storm downs tree in Gold Canyon

    Storm downs tree in Gold Canyon

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    Watch a dust storm move across the East Valley

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    Monsoon rains hit far West Valley

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    Clouds form over Mount Lemmon

Residents of the Gold Canyon area east of Apache Junction were met with uprooted trees, missing roof tiles, busted windows and storm debris everywhere after being hit with strong monsoon storms Monday night.

Residents living in other parts of the far southeast Valley, along with some areas north and northwest of Phoenix, also saw wind, dust and, finally, rain in their areas late Monday and into the early-morning hours.

The areas were the first in the Phoenix metro area that saw significant rains from this year’s summer monsoon, the National Weather Service in Phoenix said. 

Everyone else may not have to wait much longer.

The National Weather Service expects thunderstorms and monsoon activity to recharge and pick up in the later afternoon on Tuesday and continue.

“We expect to see blowing dust, dangerous lightning storms and gustier than normal winds throughout this week,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jessica Nolte.

Chances for showers will decline Wednesday, then increase again on Thursday. Rain is most likely on Saturday and Sunday, when there will be about a 30 percent chance, Nolte said.

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Tuesday morning saw a layer of clouds and cooler, though more humid, air throughout the Phoenix area.

As of about 3 p.m. Tuesday, the high temperature in Phoenix had reached 102 degrees, the Weather Service in Phoenix posted on Twitter, adding that the day likely would produce “the coolest high temp in about a month.”


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Storm impact in Gold Canyon

Travis Wilson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said a downburst in the Gold Canyon area, located off U.S. 60 east of Apache Junction, was responsible for damage left in the area.

“When rain falls into the dry air, it cools the air and that cool air becomes more dense. And that dense air sinks to the ground; it does this quite rapidly. And also the movement of the raindrops themselves can pull more air down to the ground,” Wilson said. 

One radar scan at the National Weather Service observed winds at 65 mph in the area, Wilson said.

One Gold Canyon resident, Kate Nahorniak, said she walked her neighborhood to assess the damage.

She woke to find water gushing through her yard and garage after her neighbor’s tree was uprooted and fell into her tree, causing her tree to fall and break the water lines. 

“We have just never seen this sort of storm damage,” said Nahorniak, who has lived in the area for 17 years..

Nahorniak said neighbors in many of the subdivisions were out giving each other a helping hand. 

“There were solar panels that had been blown off the roof,” Nahormiak said. “And one had wrapped itself around a tree.” 

Measurable rain in several areas

Queen Creek, in the far southeast Valley, saw among the most rainfall with totals of 1.14 inches, according to the Maricopa County Flood Control District.

In the far north Valley near New River, the National Weather Service was forced to issue a flood advisory after a storm dropped .83 of an inch in parts of the area. 

The far northwest Valley near Waddell, just outside of Wittmann, saw moderate totals of about .60 of an inch of rain. 


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