Phoenix Could Get More Rain Due to Remnants of Another Hurricane

Flooding in Mesa caused by the storm on September 8.
Flooding in Mesa caused by the storm on September 8.
Ray Stern

The remnants of two hurricanes caused extremely rainy days and flooding around Phoenix last month, and the remnants of a third storm are headed this way.

However, at this point, the National Weather Service's forecasts indicate that Simon, the current tropical storm in the Pacific, won't bring the intense rain and flooding to Phoenix that the storms Norbert and Odile did.

"I certainly don't think it'll be anything like we saw on September 8," NWS meteorologist Keith Kincaid tells New Times.

See also: -September 8: Storm Causes Power Outages, Traffic Nightmares -September 27: Another Round of Storms Cause More Damage

Of course, there was record rainfall in Phoenix that day, which caused widespread flooding issues around the Valley.

Phoenix Could Get More Rain Due to Remnants of Another Hurricane
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is forecasting about half an inch of rain in Phoenix. Kincaid says there's a 30 percent chance of rain tomorrow night, a 40 percent chance on Wednesday, and a 30 percent chance on Thursday.

"These things are tricky," Kindcaid says. "[If] the path changes, that'll affect the forecast areas of precipitation, but this is our current thinking right now."

Even with the current forecast, this rainfall -- which is expected to be accompanied by thunderstorms -- could still cause flooding issues in certain areas around Phoenix.

If it's any consolation, the monsoon season has passed. According to a summary from the NWS, this monsoon season was "warmer and significantly wetter than average for the state of Arizona."

The monsoon highlights included a massive dust storm on July 3, microbursts in Chandler on July 8 and 9 and in Phoenix on July 26, plus thunderstorms around Phoenix on August 3, August 12, and August 19. In September, there were the two major storms -- the first on September 8, and a more mild one on September 27.

Phoenix Could Get More Rain Due to Remnants of Another Hurricane
National Weather Service

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