Arizona storms bring dramatic skies to the desert

Dramatic weather hits the Valley in severe storms and rain

There’s something magical about a rainstorm in the desert — and this week's storms didn't disappoint as a plethora of dramatic weather hit the region. 

A strong storm system sent wave clouds, known as Asperitas, racing across the sky, giving contrast and life to our typically monochromatic landscape. 

The sights were a welcome change from our typical weather that ranges from sunny and hot to sunny and not-as-hot. 

Temperatures cooled to jacket-wearing weather, and it got even harder to get out of bed when the mornings were so dark and cozy. Intense storms sent rain pouring into rivers and streets, making for inconvenience and havoc on some roads. 

Storms snarled commutes several days this week, and some of Phoenix's famously smart drivers forgot that their cars aren't submarines and submerged them in flooded roads. 

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On Thursday, a particularly strong and rare supercell thunderstorm swept through Phoenix. The storm developed a wall cloud, which is considered to be the precursor to a possible tornado. 

Scenes emerged on social media of accumulated hail as the storm moved across Phoenix and Tempe. 

The weather will return back to our regularly scheduled mostly sunny skies on Friday, but keep your jackets close because it will stay chilly through the weekend. 

Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the upper 40s are forecast Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Mild temperatures remain into early next week with highs maxing out in the low 70s.

While probably not as intense as this week, rain is in the cards by Thanksgiving — something I would definitely be thankful for. 


Reach the reporter at cscragg@asu.edu or follow @monsoonchaser on Twitter. 

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