Current conditions

  • 71°
  • Fair
  • Dew point: 52.0
  • Wind from S 6 mph
  • Visibility: 10
  • Humidity: 51%
  • Pressure: 1011


  • Hi 86°
  • 5:36am sunrise
  • 7:27pm sunset


  • Lo 62°
  • 9:52am moonrise
  • 9:57pm moonset


Chance Thunderstorms
  • 85°
  • 63°


Chance Thunderstorms
  • 81°
  • 64°


Chance Thunderstorms
  • 80°
  • 63°


Chance Thunderstorms
  • 82°
  • 62°


Chance Thunderstorms
  • 84°
  • 63°


  • Rise Thursday: 5:36 a.m.
  • Set Thursday: 7:27 p.m.
  • Rise Friday: 5:36 a.m.
  • Set Friday: 7:26 p.m.


  • Rise Thursday: 9:52 a.m.
  • Set Thursday: 9:57 p.m.
  • Rise Friday: 10:47 a.m.
  • Set Friday: 10:30 p.m.
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Flash flood covers Houston Mesa Road in boulders

Flood traps people at Water Wheel

Perhaps a dozen people were trapped Sunday night when car-size boulders flooded Houston Mesa Road, trapping them in a parking lot.

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Electrifying guide to lightning

Simple tips can protect you from deadly storms

While celebrating the joy of the life-giving monsoon, the Forest Service would like to remind people of the potential for serious injury or even death from lightning strikes.

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Monsoon storms clear as temperatures rise

Chance of rain rises after Tuesday as "severe" drought continues

The monsoon conditions that have quenched the fire danger and delivered greater than normal rainfall for the past two weeks will likely clear up today and Monday. The US Weather Service puts the chance of rain in Payson at just about zero today and tomorrow.

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Payson's rainfall totals well above average

As is typical during the monsoon season, some locations receive well above normal amounts of precipitation, while others receive well below normal amounts.

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Wild weather

Hailstorm turns summer to winter

A fierce hailstorm Sunday evening took motorists by surprise on Highway 87 atop the Rim north of Pine-Strawberry.

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Monsoon hits home

Tonto Forest restrictions lifted

As the monsoon took hold this week, the Tonto National Forest lifted fire restrictions and the Coconino National Forest reopened Fossil Creek.

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Monsoon takes hold

Rains douse fires, force flooding

Every day since July 3, monsoon storms have delivered a daily dose of rain along with some impressive lightning displays and rolling thunder.

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Monsoon’s onset will bring both relief and risks

Fingers crossed — we might see monsoon thunderstorms this week.

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Record rainless stretch

But rain and snow possible this weekend

It has been 40 days since Payson saw a drop of rain much less a flutter of snow.

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Brief storm

A low-pressure system has brought breezy conditions and cooler temperatures to Payson.

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Rim Country braces for snowstorm

Wednesday storm should bring rain, snow, frigid temperatures

After a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend, Rim Country needs to brace for wet, cold, winter weather.

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Forest managers: Know before you go

The very conditions that draw the public to the forest in the winter are also the ones that can be dangers. Forest managers are taking several measures to provide for the safety of winter visitors and protect forest resources.

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Storm dumps 3 inches

Despite receiving some three inches of rain and a splattering of snow this weekend, police reported few problems.

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Tonto Creek crossings closed

Mounting flows in Tonto Creek prompted Gila County to close all three crossings in Tonto Basin Saturday morning, effectively cutting off access to people living on the east side.

Winter weather storm

Collection of information about the winter storm from around the Web.

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Motorists should prepare for early winter storm in the high country

Drivers headed to Arizona’s high country Thursday should be ready for winter driving conditions, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Wet weather could stick around in Rim Country through Monday

A storm noisily rolled into Payson overnight Tuesday, releasing a few drops of rain and several claps of thunder towards sunrise. Residents can expect the cloud cover to stick around through the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

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Wet, wild weather

The monsoon finally reached Rim Country this weekend, with pounding afternoon thunderstorms, wild winds — even twisters.

Weather records evaporate

Record cold and heat mark a year of extremes for Arizona

Last year was a year of weather extremes in Arizona — but also a welcome respite from drought with near normal monsoonal rainfall totals. The Payson area set several records, ranging from a New Year’s cold front to an August heat wave, according to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff. Here is a run down of some of the year’s weather highlights for the Rim Country. Early in the year, an Arctic air mass moved into northern Arizona, dropping snow and temperatures from the Grand Canyon to the Rim Country. The low on New Year’s Eve 2011 in Payson was 1 degree, a new record, according to the Weather Service. Other areas with record lows included a minus 28 degrees in Fort Valley near Flagstaff, minus 25 in Springerville and minus 3 in Cottonwood.

DPS urges caution with winter travel in high country

Motorists should not stop along highway to play in snow

With snow in the Rim Country’s weather forecast and time off for the holidays, many people will be traveling to see and experience the new winter wonderland.