Posted: September 3, 2008 in Family Happenings, Uncategorized

August 28th – We had the most amazing monsoon storm ever. It was incredible. There were reported winds of up to 100 mph. We didn’t have any damage at our house, but watching the storm was something else. There was so much lightning, that you would have thought that a strobe light was on. The sound of the storm was like a freight train being in our yard. It was kind of scary being outside. We just peeked from under the porch. The amount of rain that we saw in a few short hours was unreal.

When the storm started, the girls had already gone to bed, so we had them come down and look at what was going on. Aidrin was already out for the night, so she missed, what she would call the dumping of the rain.

It was reported that the new ASU football practice roof was ripped off into pieces.

The next day Ric made his way into work, dodging tree after tree. There is an area by Ric’s work that is very beautiful and green, and a lot of the older trees were just ripped from the ground.

This from

Even by the Valley’s temperamental monsoon weather standards, Thursday’s storm was one for the ages.

With wind gusts of up to 100 mph, more than 1,500 lightning strikes recorded in a single hour and a multimillion-dollar path of destruction stretching from the southeast Valley through central Phoenix, the monsoon storm left hundreds of thousands of area residents going to sleep without power and many more awestruck at the devastation when they awoke Friday morning.

The rain marks a continuation of one of the most productive monsoons on record – with nearly 6 inches, this year’s already ranks as the 10th wettest on the books – but it would take a meteorological convergence of cosmic proportions to elicit a repeat performance of Thursday night’s show, said Keith Kincaid, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“Not only was it longer, there were several (storms) that went across the same path,” Kincaid said. “The aerial coverage was just tremendous. If you look at the loops of the radar, it stretched from Fountain Hills all the way down to Gila Bend.”

The most brilliant signs appeared in the southeasterly skies about 8 p.m. with several hundred lightning strikes, but the storm had been brewing hours earlier with winds of up to 50 mph whipping around the moisture 20,000 feet above the mountains in Gila County.

When a trio of storms stacked up in the Mazatzal Mountains, the stage was set. One by one, they marched into the metro area, producing a show of force Valley residents haven’t seen for years.

Hundred-year-old trees were uprooted in Phoenix, roofs were stripped throughout the Valley as block walls toppled and dumpsters were tossed around like tin cans; normally dry roads in Tempe became small lakes and large swaths of the Valley went dark as power poles snapped like toothpicks. The most visible damage came at Arizona State University in Tempe, where an $8.4 million indoor-athletic facility was demolished.

It was standard monsoon fare on steroids.

Here is a video on YouTube that I found. There are a few others there also. Check them out.
Monsoon 08-28-08

Photos from

  1. Susie2shoes says:

    Goodness me what extreme weather you’ve had! We moan about the weather we have in England, and gripe about having no summer this year, but I don’t think I’d swap, it looks terrifying. Hope you are all safe, warm and dry and still enjoying the swimming.


  2. Shanners says:

    Awesome photos! I hope clean-up is going well.

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