Rain pounded areas on the north side, but elsewhere it was hit-and-miss across the city as the first widespread storms of the monsoon hit Thursday.
Storms moved over Mount Lemmon into the city’s northwest side, hitting portions of Oro Valley and the community of Catalina the hardest, said Gary Zell, National Weather Service meteorologist.
Mount Lemmon received 1.38 inches of rain.
In Rancho Vistoso, north of East Tangerine Road, rain measured 1.25 inches early Thursday evening, while the community of Catalina received one-fourth of an inch by 5 p.m., said Zell. Catalina State Park received 0.94 of an inch.
“There was lightning all across the city, but not every neighborhood received rain. There were only traces of rain at Tucson International Airport,” he said.
Lightning struck a power pole at North Oracle Road near Ina about 7 p.m., knocking out electricity to the area, Northwest Fire Capt. Adam Goldberg said.
In midtown Tucson at Randolph Golf Course, rain measured 0.04 of an inch. In the Catalina Foothills at the Ventana Canyon area, rain measured 0.27 of an inch. Tanque Verde Guest Ranch measured 0.59 of an inch, and at Pantano Wash in Vail, rain measured 0.16 of an inch.
The typical monsoon in Southern Arizona runs from June 15 to Sept. 30. It has started as early as June 17, but the average start is July 3, Zell said.
On Thursday, Tucson’s high was 104 degrees at 2:52 p.m., but after the storms hit the temperature dropped to 84 degrees.
A 30 percent chance of rain is expected today and on Saturday. The chance drops to 20 percent on Sunday and Monday.