- Rise Thursday: 6:19 a.m.
- Set Thursday: 6:11 p.m.
- Rise Friday: 6:20 a.m.
- Set Friday: 6:10 p.m.
- Rise Thursday: 5:02 a.m.
- Set Thursday: 5:44 p.m.
- Rise Friday: 5:58 a.m.
- Set Friday: 6:16 p.m.
Roundup editor Peter Aleshire took this picture of the Rim in snow last winter.
Hot, wet, weird year — all across the country. Rim Country enjoyed one of its wettest monsoons on record, although the forecast calls for things to dry out for the rest of the week — with highs around 80.
Rim Country has seen its sixth wettest monsoon since 1981. A normal monsoon in Payson delivers 5.45 inches of rain. This year, the area has received an average 8.88 inches.
Expect low to moderate grade monsoon conditions this week. Isolated flash flooding will be the primary hazard. For more details, please see the update link in story and attached weekly weather briefing from the NWS Flagstaff office.
A home in Ellison Creek caught fire Thursday night after it was struck by lightning, damaging the electrical system and leaving burn marks throughout the home.
Get ready for more intensely beautiful sunsets as the forecast predicts a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms throughout the weekend.
The mischievous monsoon continued this week, dumping hail on local golf courses, leaving them sparkly white. However, the storm skipped over many areas without doing much more than rearranging dust on cars.
Tonto Creek and the East Verde flooded crossings, Green Valley Park lakes overflowed and even the ASU Sun Devils ran for cover.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the skies opened up with flashes and crashes of lightning and thunder that shook the foundations of buildings.
Storms batter Phoenix but tame Rim Country wildfires
The monsoon has gotten back on track, just in time to dampen a host of wildfires burning across Northern Arizona.
Unsettled monsoon conditions have set in, mingling welcome moisture with deadly lightning strikes and a rash of new fires.
All of Gila County has slipped back into “severe drought” according to the U.S. Forest Service, extending the fire season and prompting the Tonto National Forest to leave fire restrictions clamped into place.
Residents praise quick response by firefighters and APS
A quick moving brush fire burned nearly 60 acres off State Route 188 Monday afternoon, knocking power off for hours to 1,100 residents. Some ended up sleeping outside until Arizona Public Service restored the power.
A microburst in Rye Tuesday night flipped a travel trailer and ripped the roof off a home in what residents said felt like a tornado tearing through the community.
Storms douse wildfires
Monsoon storms gusted into Northern Arizona this week, dousing wildfires, dropping temperatures and relieving residents.
Starting Saturday, the heat was on.
Health Department issues advisory
Excessive heat is expected throughout much of Arizona over the next several days. Temperatures in Northern Arizona are expected to be well above average. Highs in Flagstaff are forecasted to reach 93 degrees and Page may reach 107.
First cool, then hot on fire lines
Wet, cool weather has helped firefighters tame blazes throughout the state, but the return of fierce, dry winds and record-breaking heat could whip blazes up again this week.
As red flag fire warnings spread with the wind across northern Arizona this weekend, the huge tanker helicopter remained perched at the Payson Airport, ready to take off with a belly full of water to douse any flames.
After 60 days of dry, a dose of spring rain finally on the way
After 60 days with nothing but a smattering of moisture (not even enough to tamp down the dust) the National Weather Service predicts a set of storms will besiege Rim Country, bringing much-needed rain and postponing the start of the fire season.