About the rain...August 2005. Came out of the Diamondback's night game and downtown Phoenix was flooded. Water was up to my knees in the street. Cars were stalled where the road dipped. Next morning golf course had a wide lake that had been three fairways the previous day. Monsoon season in late July and August. 108 and high humidity the rest of my stay...The rest of the story.
They like to get all their rain in a big hurry.