PHOENIX (AP) — Less intense remnants of Newton brought rain and cooler temperatures to Southwest Wednesday as the tropical storm crossed the border from Mexico into southern Arizona.
The National Weather Service in Tucson reported light to moderate rainfall throughout the day. The area has seen about 0.9 inches of rain, meteorologist Emily French said.
There were no reports of injuries and only one street under a freeway bridge was flooded.
Newton also brought a more tropical-like climate in the form of temperatures in the 70s and relative humidity between 75 and 90 percent. Compare that with the usually more muggy Miami, which had a humidity of 61 percent and a high of 98 degrees Wednesday.
The desert region is more prone to getting monsoon thunderstorms at this time of the year that stir up dust storms or rain.
"It's not our typical monsoon patter at the moment, that's what makes it more unusual," French said. "But it's not unheard of for southern Arizona to have gotten hit by tropical storms before."
Newton was rapidly weakening as a tropical storm after slamming the resorts of Mexico's southern Baja as a hurricane and making landfall on the country's mainland.