June 25, 2008 Storm Statistics

Readings From Weather Bus.com:

First Measurable Rain Time: June 25, 2008 at 5:02pm
Last Measurable Rain Time: June 25, 2008 at 6:30pm
Storm Total: 0.17in.
Max Rain Rate: 2.22in/hr
Peak Wind Gust: W @ 33mph
Total Lightning: 23,783

Comments:
This is the first area of showers and thunderstorms to affect the area since the 2008 Monsoon Season began on June 15th. The storm rain total was 0.17in. which is the most rainfall we have ever recorded for the month of June, since our records began in 2001.

With a moisture surge from the south, combined with some decent dynamics over the central and southern deserts (around Casa Grande), thunderstorms were able to form to the south and southwest of the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon region. With a steering current moving storms generally in a north-northeast direction, these storms were able to move into the area. Three separate thunderstorms moved through the region during the afternoon and evening on June 25th, resulting in brief heavy rainfall, small hail, gusty winds and a copious amount of lightning.

A dust storm, around 4:40pm, moved through, ahead of the first thunderstorms which affected the area, bringing gusty winds and reduced visibility (but still greater than one-quarter mile). The peak wind gust with this dust storm occurred at 4:41pm and was from the SE at 29mph. Light rain began at 4:50pm, with heavier rainfall moving in around 5:01pm, with the first measurable rainfall (0.01in.) occurring at 5:02pm. The storm quickly decayed as is moved off to the north-northeast, with the rain ending by 5:15pm, leaving us with a rain total of 0.04in.. As this storm moved off, skies cleared slightly to our west, resulting in some sunshine, which produce a rainbow over Gold Canyon (see photo below). This storm also dropped the temperature considerably! The temperature at 4:40pm was 101.7°F, and by 5:10pm the temperature had plummeted to 83.0°F (18.7°F cooler)! The graph to the right shows this remarkable cool down.

A second storm rapidly developed in Gilbert/Mesa around 5:04pm. This storm continued to develop and move to the northeast toward Apache Junction/Gold Canyon. Rain along with gusty winds began once again around 6:10pm, with a max instantaneous rain rate of 2.22in/hr occurring at 6:15pm, along with a peak wind gust of 33mph from the west. Small hail, occurred at our location at 6:18pm. The storm moved out of the area by 6:25pm, leaving us with an additional 0.13in. of rafinall, making the storm total 0.17in..

Severe thunderstorms developed near Queen Creek around 8:35pm, and moved up into Kings Ranch/eastern Gold Canyon, by 9:05pm. This final area of thunderstorms only brought our location a trace amount of rain, however the cloud-to-ground lightning when these storms were in Queen Creek was phenomenal. Throughout the day, we recorded/plotted 23,783 lightning strikes, with the peak strikes per minute being 144, which occurred at 5:36pm. We were able to photograph some of the strikes, and they can be seen toward the bottom of this report.

Below are rain totals reported to us by the public. Weather Bus.com thanks you for your reports! (Reports are ordered from newest to oldest.)

Location: East end of Silly Mtn.
Report Time: 26th of June 2008 06:51PM EST
Reporter: Robert
Rain Total: approx. 0.05in.
Comments: Just enough to clean the trees and settle the dust.

Location: East of Freestone Park in Gilbert
Report Time: 25th of June 2008 10:43PM EST
Reporter: Ken
Rain Total: 0.19in.
Comments: Total above is from 5:30pm to 6:00pm. Nice half hour shower, no dust, with gusts to 20 mph over in 30 minutes.

(The above rain totals were reported to us by the public. The accuracy of these reports is unknown.)

We thank you again for your reports! If it rained at your location, let us know by using the menu toward the top of the page (Public Reports --> Rain Reports). Your report will be added to this page.


Storm Pictures Taken on June 25, 2008: (Click Pictures To Enlarge)

Taken on June 25, 2007 @ 5:29pm
Taken on June 25, 2007 @ 8:28pm

Taken on June 25, 2007 @ 8:33pm

Taken on June 25, 2007 @ 8:38pm

June 25, Radar Loop From 4:23pm to 5:09pm

June 25, Radar Loop From 5:32pm to 6:27pm

July 31, Radar Loop From 9:04pm to 9:50pm

Visible Satellite Taken On June 25 at 4:30pm

Visible Satellite Taken On June 25 at 5:46pm




Storm Discussion Time Line: (From Oldest to Newest)

Title: Storms To The South
Posted: June 25, 2008, 3:01 pm
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Title: UPDATE: Storms To The South
Posted: June 25, 2008, 3:48 pm
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Title: 4:05pm: T-Storms Getting Closer
Posted: June 25, 2008, 4:19 pm
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Title: 4:40pm: Dust Storm
Posted: June 25, 2008, 4:45 pm
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Title: 5:05pm: Thunder, Rain and Wind
Posted: June 25, 2008, 5:06 pm
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Title: 5:45pm: T-Storm; Mesa
Posted: June 25, 2008, 5:48 pm
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Title: 6:15pm: Round Two
Posted: June 25, 2008, 6:15 pm
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Title: 6:18pm: Small Hail
Posted: June 25, 2008, 6:27 pm
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Title: 8:41pm: Severe Thunderstorm
Posted: June 25, 2008, 8:46 pm
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Title: Brief Summary / Lightning Photo
Posted: June 25, 2008, 9:35 pm
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Rainfall Totals Released From The NWS:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PHOENIX AZ
1000 PM MST WED JUN 25 2008

...24 HOUR PRECIPITATION FOR THE PHOENIX METRO AREA ENDING
AT 10 PM...

NOTE...IF IT RAINED AT A LOCATION...THE AMOUNT WILL BE SHOWN
ONLY IF IT IS AT LEAST 0.04...4 HUNDRETHS OF AN INCH. ANY RAIN
AMOUNT LESS THAN 0.04 IS NOT REGISTERED AND IS SHOWN AS 0.00

                               6 HR PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
                               OLDEST  >>>>>>>>>>>  NEWEST
  ID     STATION NAME          10 PM   4 AM  10 AM   4 PM   24 HR
                               -4 AM -10 AM  -4 PM -10 PM   TOTAL


AHWATUKEE
MAHA3    AHWATUKEE              0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
APACHE JUNCTION
PMDA3    USERY MOUNTAIN PARK    0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
KNGA3    KINGS RANCH              M    0.31   0.00   0.00    0.31
AVONDALE
AVOA3    AGUA FRIA @ BUCKEYE    0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
BUCKEYE
MBUA3    BUCKEYE FRS #2         0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
CAREFREE
ZCAA3    FRAESFIELD MOUNTAIN    0.00   0.00   0.28   0.00    0.28
CRFA3    CAREFREE RANCH         0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
CAVECREEK
HMBA3    HUMBOLDT MOUNTAIN      0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
CBTA3    CAVE BUTTES DAM        0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
CHANDLER
ZCHA3    EMF @ ARIZONA AVE      0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
GILBERT
ZGIA3    MESA TOWER             0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
ZCPA3    CROSSROADS PARK        0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
GLENDALE
MGLA3    CITY OF GLENDALE       0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MMDA3    MARYLAND @ 27TH AVE      M    0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MSXA3    ACDC @ 67TH AVE        0.00   0.24   0.00   0.00    0.24
GOODYEAR
ZGYA3    TUTHILL @ RAY RD       0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
GUADALUPE
ZGAA3    GUADALUPE FRS          0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MESA
MBDA3    BROADWAY @ DOBSON      0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
ZBLA3    BROADWAY @ LINDSAY     0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MBHA3    BROWN RD. @ HORNE      0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MEEA3    KLEINMAN PARK          0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
FALA3    THUNDER MOUNTAIN       0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MLAA3    MOUNTAIN VIEW PARK     0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
WMSA3    QUEEN CREEK RD         0.00   0.00   0.00   0.12    0.12
ZUPA3    USERY PARK WS          0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
NEW RIVER
NEWA3    SUNUP RANCH            0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
PARADISE VALLEY
MCLA3    CAVE CREEK LANDFILL    0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MCCA3    E FORK CC #1           0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MLDA3    LOST DOG WASH            M      M      M      M       M
MRPA3    REATA PASS DAMSITE     0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
PEORIA
NRDA3    NEW RIVER DAM          0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MBLA3    NEW RIVER @ BELL RD    0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
PHOENIX
MBTA3    CESAR CHAVEZ PARK      0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MMIA3    MISSOURI @ 16TH ST     0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MOXA3    OLD XCUT @ MCDOWELL    0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MPAA3    PAPAGO PARK            0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MPPA3    PERRY PARK             0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
ADBA3    ADOBE DAM              0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MPHA3    SKUNK CREEK @ I-17     0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MPMA3    JEFFERSON @ 4TH AVE    0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MROA3    ROESER @ 2ND ST        0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
SOMA3    SOUTH MOUNTAIN         0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
ZSFA3    SOUTH MOUNTAIN FAN     0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MTHA3    THOMAS & 16TH ST       0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MTQA3    THOMAS @ 48TH ST       0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
QUEEN CREEK
ZQRA3    QUEEN CR @ RITTENHO    0.00   0.00   0.04   0.16    0.20
ZQCA3    QUEEN CREEK LANDFIL    0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
QNCA3    EMF @ QUEEN CREEK R    0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
SCOTTSDALE
SDLA3    INDIAN BEND WASH @     0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
ZMDA3    MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN P    0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MPJA3    PIMA @ JOMAX           0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
SUN CITY
MSWA3    SUN CITY WEST          0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
SURPRISE
MDYA3    DYSART @ BELL RD       0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MCFA3    MCMICKEN FLOODWAY      0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
TEMPE
MSPA3    SALT RIVER @ PRIEST    0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00
MTEA3    ASU SOUTH              0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00    0.00