The popular desert recreation area of Seven Springs, about 11 miles northeast of Cave Creek, was drenched by more than 2 inches of rain by Monday afternoon.
“It hit pretty hard for about an hour and a half,” said Joe Munoz, a spokesman for the Flood Control District of Maricopa County. “Some areas up there had two and a half inches of water.”
And nearby Bartlett Lake saw more than a half-inch of rain in six hours, according to the agency’s rain gauges.
Yet just south and west of there, the day’s Monsoon storms only touched pockets of Scottsdale and Cave Creek.
Parts of Cave Creek saw slightly more than a half-inch of rain, while areas of north Scottsdale only showed two-tenths of an inch as of Monday afternoon.
A rainstorm began passing through north Scottsdale for about 15 minutes at 2:30 p.m. before it blew to the east, said Dan Edwards, manager of Scottsdale’s Traffic Management Information Systems Department.
“We didn’t get much of a soaking this time,” Edwards said, noting that some light rains were lingering around Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in north Scottsdale on Monday afternoon.