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Even for desert, Phoenix has been ridiculously dry

(KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- The number of rainless days in Phoenix is piling up.

As of Tuesday, the last time Phoenix received measurable rainfall was 113 days ago on March 2. Jessica Nolte, a spokeswoman for the National Weather Service, said another day will push the period into a four-way tie for the Valley's 10th-longest streak without rain. It also happened in 1968, 1991 and 1996.

"With those other years the streaks were broken in the month of July between the sixth and 15th. The monsoon stands a really good chance of breaking our dry streak," Nolte said.

The record run without rainfall in Phoenix is 160 days, which ended in June 1972. There's a tie for the second- longest dry streaks at 143 days. One of those streaks ended in March 2006 while the other ended in July 1960.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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