PHOENIX (KSAZ) - It's been an active monsoon so far and it's not over yet. We're only halfway through, but what kind of grade you give this monsoon depends on where you live.
People in north Phoenix and Chandler are not happy, but the far east and west valley areas are enjoying the rain when it doesn't flood.
Ken Waters, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says he would give the monsoon an A- grade. A star student so far in areas such as Gold Canyon, Queen Creek, Apache Junction and east Mesa.
"These areas have received in excess of three inches of rain so far this monsoon season," he said.
Also delivering enough to be a monsoon standout, parts of the west valley, including Goodyear.
"Luke Air Force Base, Litchfield Park.. that area just north of I-10, they've gotten more than two inches of rain," added Waters.
Lavinia from north Phoenix gives the monsoon a C grade.
"It rains everywhere else, but where we are. It's insane."
Amanda in Chandler also gives a C grade, saying they haven't had a good, solid rainfall.
"Nowhere really, not if it does for a few minutes and it goes away."
Kiwaana, who works at the Summit in downtown Phoenix, watches the storms roll in from every direction from the 23rd floor balcony.
"The rain, I would say an A for downtown Phoenix."
Downtown Phoenix has had about 1.5 inches of rain, which is average, according to Waters. He says the nature of the monsoon rain is always a story of the haves and have nots, but "..overall, the whole valley in general, we're doing good for the monsoon. I'll say that right now, most areas are at normal or above. It's just we do have a few little pockets like you mentioned. Stay tuned is what I would say."
Waters says the north valley is not getting the rainfall you might expect. They are less than an inch, but he says often the larger rain events for that part of the valley can occur in August and September.
It really is a roll of the dice. The Maricopa County Flood Control District keeps track of the rainfall numbers and we a good month and a half of monsoon to go.
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