Phoenix sets June 5 rainfall record with a measly .03 inch

PHOENIX (AP) — It didn’t take much rain to set a record in Phoenix.

The National Weather Service said Friday the 0.03 inch of rain recorded at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport by 4 p.m. was the largest amount for June 5.

Meteorologist Chris Kuhlman said that it had never officially rained in the desert city on this date.

“So far we had not anticipated that June would be a wet month, it almost never rains in the month of June in Phoenix,” Kuhlman said.

Kuhlman said the rain was a rare event.

June is normally dry in Phoenix, but a thunderstorm with moisture from remnants of Tropical Storm Andres provided a bit of a change. Weather officials trumpeted the bit of precipitation on social media.

“We’ve now got #RainOnThe5thOfJune. Officially measuring 0.01″ at Sky Harbor. Record broke,” the Weather Service office said in a Twitter post.

The Phoenix metropolitan area was also struck by lightning between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Friday morning, according to Kuhlman.

Officials were investigating lightning as a possible cause of house fires that occurred as the storm made its way through the Phoenix area early Friday morning.

Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Mark Vanacore said lightning was “surely a strong consideration” for two of the fires.

However, Vanacore said investigators would conduct “a thorough investigative process to ensure that all bases are covered.”

House or mobile home fires also were reported in Glendale and Peoria. But no injuries were reported.

Meteorologist James Sawtelle said the Phoenix area should expect more isolated thunderstorms on Friday afternoon into the early hours of Saturday morning.

“There could be some places where small trees may get blown over or maybe even an occasional larger tree may be blown over here and there,” Sawtelle said.

Sawtelle said Friday temperatures were 11 degrees below normal for the Phoenix metropolitan area.