Phoenix sets June 5 rainfall record

A lot of people are blaming El Nino for this unusual June weather.

But what is really behind all the rain, and is it a preview of what is to come this summer?

Sky Harbor received just seven hundredths of an inch of rain, but that was enough to set a new record on this historically dry day.  

Is this early season rain is any indicator of what's in store with this year's monsoon?

As the skies opened up before game time, Arizona Diamondback's fans scurried for cover. Many are hoping this cooler, damp weather, sticks around.

"I wouldn't mind this all summer, it's nice," said one man.

"I'm hoping it's going to be cooler than usual," said a fan.

Friday's rainfall was the first in 100 years that there has been any rain on June 5. The National Weather Service says the downpour was quite unusual.

"It's rare because it's a dry time of the year, May and June for Phoenix are the dryest months of the year on average, the average rainfall for June for Phoenix is two hundredths of an inch," said Charlotte Dewey.

The rainfall Friday surpassed the total average for June. Many wonder if El Nino will bring even more rain this summer.

"We can't really pin point how it will influence, or how much more rainfall, or how the temperatures will react," said Dewey.

What we do know is that the long-term outlooks call for a very warm June through August.

"Over Arizona we have this shaded region, we have 30-40% chance or probability that we will be above normal temperatures for those three months," she said.

As for rain, there is an equally good chance we will see more or less rain than usual, but keep your eyes open for late next week. If it rains, we could set another record.

"June 11 has never had rainfall on that date," said Dewey.

June 11 or next Thursday is the only date left of the month that we've never seen rain in 100 years of record keeping. But as Hurricane Bianca sends moisture our way next week it's possible that we could see rain, and June 11 might become a wet day on the record books.

Lightning is being investigated as a possible cause of house fires that occurred as a thunderstorm passed through the Phoenix area Friday.

Two of the fires occurred in Phoenix where Fire Department spokesman Mark Vanacore said lightning was "surely a strong consideration."

However, Vanacore said investigators would conduct "a thorough investigative process to ensure that all bases are covered."

House or mobile home fires also were reported in Glendale and Peoria.

No injuries were reported.

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