How Much Rain Does Phoenix Get Annually?

Published: Monday, August 8, 2016 - 11:55am
Updated: Monday, August 15, 2016 - 3:24pm
(Photo by Sky Schaudt - KJZZ)
Rain in north Phoenix on Aug. 5, 2016.

Phoenix isn't known for its abundant rainfall. But that doesn't mean there haven't been some very wet years.

Just last week, more than 3.5 inches fell in some parts of Phoenix in what officials called a "100-year event." So, how much rain does Phoenix officially get each year?

According to 120 years of data from the National Weather Service, Phoenix gets about 7.57 inches of rain annually. We've compiled all that data into one chart, and here are a few other things we learned:

  • The most rain ever recorded in Phoenix in a single year was in 1905.
  • Two years — 1956 and 2002 — tied for the least amount of rainfall recorded.
  • Nearly 910 inches of rain have been recorded in Phoenix since 1896.

  • Click the chart below to explore more Phoenix precipitation totals.

    RELATED: See How Much Rain Monsoons Have Dumped On 4 Arizona Cities Since 1899

    Source: National Weather Service

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