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Wet, Wild Monsoon Season Ends In Southwest

This year's Southwest monsoon season will be remembered for unusually intense storms that brought months' worth of rain in just one day. The National Weather Service says some areas in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico received more rain in a day than in a typical season.

The traditional monsoon season runs from mid-June to the end of September and is characterized by thunderstorms that stir up dust storms or rain.

Meteorologists say Phoenix received more than 6 inches of rain, making it the seventh wettest season on record. In Nevada, Las Vegas had its 31st wettest monsoon season with more than an inch of rain. In New Mexico, metropolitan Albuquerque received more than 5 inches. Some homes and roads in the region are still awaiting repairs from flood damage.
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