July 15, 2006 Storm Statistics

Readings From Weather Bus.com:

Rain Start Time: July 15, 2006 at 3:40pm
Rain End Time: July 15, 2006 at 4:30pm
Storm Total: 0.14in.
Max Rain Rate: 1.96in/hr
Peak Wind Gust: NW 38mph
Total Lightning: 68,967

Comments:
This storm is the fourth to effect the area since the monsoon season started on June 28, 2006. With a max rain rate of 1.96in/hr., peak wind gust of 38mph and local storm reports, we have decided to classify this storm in the moderate category.

The storm only lasted a little under an hour, but during that time there were several periods of heavy rainfall. Looking at the photo at the bottom of this page you can see one of the rain shafts moving off the Superstition Mountains. In Gold Canyon, Al reported 0.24in. of rainfall. Below, is the Storm Reports from the NWS Forecast Office in Phoenix.
 PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PHOENIX AZ

 ..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
 ..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
             ..REMARKS..

 0430 PM     TSTM WND DMG     6 SE QUEEN CREEK        33.18N 111.57W
 07/15/2006                   PINAL              AZ   LAW ENFORCEMENT 
 
             TREES DOWN IN JOHNSON RANCH


 0430 PM     TSTM WND DMG     TEMPE                   33.39N 111.93W
 07/15/2006                   MARICOPA           AZ   LAW ENFORCEMENT 
 
             MILL AVE AT UNIVERSITY. 12 INCH DIAMETER TREE SPLIT AND 
             BROKE OVER. 

 
 0436 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 SE QUEEN CREEK        33.23N 111.63W
 07/15/2006                   MARICOPA           AZ   AMATEUR RADIO   
 
             POWER LINES DOWN


Throughout the day, 68,967 lightning strokes were recorded and plotted on the map, with 9,927 of those being within 50 miles of our location. Not only was there heavy rain, wind and lightning, but the temperature fell dramatically as well. From the time period between 3:30pm and 4:30pm the temperature dropped 24.3°F! The graph of this temperature fall can be seen below.



Storm Pictures Taken on July 15, 2006: (Click Pictures To Enlarge)

Taken on July 15, 2006 @ 4:08pm
Radar Loop From 3:30pm to 4:04pm