After a few grumblings and rumblings, the sky opened up and let fall a great downpour Monday afternoon, offering some much-needed rain.
The rain started in town around 3:30 p.m., but earlier in Pine and on the Mogollon Rim. The downpour caught many residents off guard after a sunny, warm start to the day.
Just 30 minutes before the storm started, the National Weather Service in Flagstaff issued a significant weather advisory for the Rim Country area. Meteorologists said the strong thunderstorm could produce wind gusts up to 40 mph and residents should take shelter in a “sturdy building.”
In Star Valley, lightning tripped one home’s alarm system, sending out a carbon monoxide call to dispatch. Hellsgate firefighters found no one at the home and the residence secure, attributing it to a nearby lightning strike.
On the Roundup’s Facebook page, readers rejoiced in the storm’s arrival.
One woman wrote that she opened all her windows and was letting the rain clean her windowsills. Another said she was enjoying the storm while she could, saying “it sure doesn’t last long.”
Another said Strawberry looked like a mud hole.
Roughly 30 minutes after it began, the storm sputtered out to a drizzle. The area received just shy of an inch of rain.
The National Weather Service says a moist and unstable southeasterly flow could bring showers through Tuesday, but by Wednesday, the area’s chances for thunderstorms would sharply decline.
Dry weather is then expected through Friday.