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Wet winter storm sets Valley record

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Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010 8:52 am | Updated: 9:00 pm, Fri Dec 31, 2010.

The Valley saw a new record of .47 inch of rain at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Wednesday.

The previous record of .45 inch was set in 2004.

Rain continues to fall around many areas of the Valley, with some seeing in excess of an inch-and-a-half of rain so far, said Steve Sipple, meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Phoenix office.

Peak wind gusts hit 49 mph around 3 a.m. at Sky Harbor. Weather spotters reported winds up to 45 mph in parts of the northeast Valley, along with quarter-inch hail and downed trees.

Most of the East Valley saw between a half inch to nearly an inch of rain, with higher amounts in northeastern Mesa. The city's Kleinman Park reported .87 inch of rain in the last 24 hours. Fitch Park in Mesa reported .98 inch of rain.

In New River, north of Phoenix, 1.93 inches of rain has fallen since the storm's arrival, Sipple said. Other cumulative totals include 1.94 inches at Lake Pleasant, 1.26 inches in Paradise Valley and .98 inch in Scottsdale.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport saw a high of just 54 on Wednesday, well below normal temperatures of 66.

Thursday's forecast calls for a high in the Valley around 50 with a 40 percent chance of rain. The Valley will be under a freeze warning Thursday night and into Friday morning, with temperatures dipping down to the 20s.

Residents should take precautions with sensitive plants by covering them with cloth, not plastic. Pets, especially older ones, should be provided a warm place or brought indoors, the Maricopa County Animal Control department suggests.

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