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RECAP: Monsoon brings rains, blowing dust to the Valley; storms also hit northern Arizona

PHOENIX — Monsoon 2022 brought heavy rains, blowing dust and high winds to the Valley and throughout Arizona on Thursday.Thunderstorm and dust warnings were issued for parts of Maricopa County Thursday afternoon, and high winds were reported in Scottsdale and Tempe.A round of storms also impacted northern Arizona, including Flagstaff and Sedona. The National Weather Service issued a ...

PHOENIX — Monsoon 2022 brought heavy rains, blowing dust and high winds to the Valley and throughout Arizona on Thursday.

Thunderstorm and dust warnings were issued for parts of Maricopa County Thursday afternoon, and high winds were reported in Scottsdale and Tempe.

A round of storms also impacted northern Arizona, including Flagstaff and Sedona. The National Weather Service issued a flooding advisory for areas near the border of Yavapai and Coconino counties.

10:00 p.m. - Storms rocked the Valley Thursday bringing rain, dust and strong winds.

8:45 p.m.

7:04 p.m. - NWS Flagstaff's flood advisory for portions of west central Arizona.

7:01 p.m. - Flood advisory previously in effect throughout southeast Arizona has expired.

6:17 p.m.: Phoenix had a 24-degree drop when storms rolled in. NWS says the official temperature at Sky Harbor hit 108 degrees Thursday afternoon, then dropped to 84 degrees.

Regardless of whether your location received rain, we all are enjoying a cool down from the storms. Officially the high temp at Sky Harbor reached 108º earlier this afternoon. Many places are now in the 80s.#AZwx pic.twitter.com/hUa2MJmHhy

— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) June 24, 2022

5:49 p.m. - The rain is now in the Sedona area. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 6:15 p.m.

***SEVERE T'STORM WARNING***Until 6:15 pmMoving: NE at 45mphHazards: 60 mph winds, large hailImpacts: Camp Verde, Sedona, Munds Park, Oak Creek, Montezuma, Cornville. #azwx #12news #12newswx #weatheralert #storm #Arizona pic.twitter.com/ABonI6oA00

— Jamie Kagol (@jamiekagol) June 24, 2022

5:15 p.m. - Radar update from NWS Phoenix.

5:14 p.m. - Dust provides limited visibility to drivers on the roadway.

@NWSPhoenix Dust channels of very low visibility (approx 1/2 mile or lower) around 2 miles outside of channels. Pic: On Jomax Rd and a mile East of I-17 pic.twitter.com/Ay5NX4gEcg

— Jonathan Wilkinson (@jmanwilk12) June 24, 2022

4:58 p.m. - Look from Loop 202 near South Mountain.

4:55 p.m. - Latest radar shows rains continuing across the Phoenix metro area.

4:55PM: Radar shows scattered rain and storms continuing across the Phoenix metro. Heaviest rain & strongest wind extends along the 101, through Scottsdale, and down toward Tempe. Dust is lowering visibilities below 1/2 mile in some areas. #AZwx pic.twitter.com/q16EajbeCW

— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) June 23, 2022

4:52 p.m. - Severe thunderstorm warning continues for Phoenix, Tolleson and Guadalupe.

4:39 p.m. - Blowing dust in Buckeye.

4:35 p.m. - ADOT reminding drivers to be cautious when driving in the rain.

A view along SR 51 and Thomas. Be mindful of slippery roads. • Drive safely• Be cautious • Be vigilant #SR51 #phxtraffic pic.twitter.com/OnADBC8Uko

— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) June 23, 2022

4:26 p.m. - Thunderstorm warning in effect for areas including Glendale, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.

4:18 p.m. - A look of rain falling in the Valley Thursday afternoon.

3:55 p.m. - Flooding is expected in portions of southeast Arizona.

3:26 p.m. - Sky 12 is tracking the storms moving into the Valley on Thursday afternoon.

3:11 p.m. - Severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Maricopa County until 3:45 p.m.

***SEVERE T'STORM WARNING***Until: 3:45 pmMoving: NE @ 10 mphHazards: 60 mph windsImpacts: Chandler, Casa Grande, Sun Lakes, Queen Creek, Chandler Heights, San Tan Valley, Olberg #azwx #12news #12newswx #weatheralert pic.twitter.com/Jf3y5Oe0Ed

— Jamie Kagol (@jamiekagol) June 23, 2022

2:55 p.m. - Storms are expected to bring dust with a warning issued for Casa Grande. Florence, Coolidge, Maricopa, Queen Creek, AZ City and San Tan Valley.

***DUST STORM WARNING***Until: 3:45 pmMoving: North @ 20 mphHazards: Visibility less than 1/4 mileImpacts: I-10, I-8 & US 60Casa Grande, Florence, Coolidge, Maricopa, Queen Creek, AZ City, San Tan Valley. #azwx #12news #12newswx #weatheralert pic.twitter.com/2rLeeUqmza

— Jamie Kagol (@jamiekagol) June 23, 2022

2:51 p.m. - Storm moving NE at 20 mph expected to bring winds up to 60 mph.

***SEVERE T'STORM NMWARNING***Until: 3:15 PMMoving: NE @ 20 mphHazards: 60 mph windsImpacts: Maricopa, Olberg, Stanfield & Ak-Chin Vlg. #azwx #12news #12newswx #weatheralert pic.twitter.com/knl8EAPOFD

— Jamie Kagol (@jamiekagol) June 23, 2022

2:50 p.m. - The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory in effect for the Rafael Burn Scar Near the Border of Yavapai and Coconino County until 5 p.m.

2:30 p.m. - A severe thunderstorm warning has been used for Maricopa and Pinal counties.

Arizona has seen its fair share of severe weather. Here is a compilation of videos from various storms across the Grand Canyon state.

Phoenix warns Tempe about putting proposed entertainment district in flight path

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The City of Phoenix is calling on the City of Tempe after finding out the proposed mixed-use sports entertainment district will be right under the airport’s flight path. The proposed entertainment district could be home to the Arizona Coyotes, but it will also include around 1,000 residential units. This could impact where planes can fly out of Sky Harbor.In a three-page letter to the City of Tempe, J. ...

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The City of Phoenix is calling on the City of Tempe after finding out the proposed mixed-use sports entertainment district will be right under the airport’s flight path. The proposed entertainment district could be home to the Arizona Coyotes, but it will also include around 1,000 residential units. This could impact where planes can fly out of Sky Harbor.

In a three-page letter to the City of Tempe, J. Cabou, the attorney representing the City of Phoenix Aviation Department, detailed the city’s concerns with the $1.7 billion entertainment district, which would be at the west end of Tempe Town Lake. “You cannot build houses in the exact place we have set aside to fly airplanes,” Cabou said.

The proposed residential units would be right under the airport’s flight path. Cabou says the city is not against the project, but the residential aspect would violate an almost 30-year-old intergovernmental agreement between the two cities. “The 1994 IGA makes very clear that we are going to fly the airplanes in one specific place, and we are not going to put houses in the specific place designed for airports,” Cabou said.

Right now, planes flying out of Sky Harbor either go directly west or east. When they take off to the east, they follow the riverbed, which keeps them from flying over houses and neighborhoods. “The entire purpose of the IGA is to prevent the exact thing Tempe proposed to do now,” Cabou said.

In the letter, three solutions were written out. Cabou says the first option is for Tempe to not move forward with the residential units. Secondly, the cities could decide to negotiate a new IGA or end it. And worst case, suing the City of Tempe. “What Phoenix is very unlikely to do is allow Tempe to abandon its promise but still holding Phoenix to all its obligations. That doesn’t seem fair, in fact we are quite sure it’s unfair,” Cabou said.

If Tempe does move forward, Cabou says he isn’t entirely sure what the change in operations would be regarding flights.

We reached out to the City of Tempe to get their side. A spokesperson says: “The City of Tempe and the City of Phoenix entered into an intergovernmental agreement regarding noise mitigation flight procedures in 1994. At this time, for legal reasons we cannot discuss this agreement.”

We spoke with people who have lived in the area for more than twenty years. “The thing to do now is terminate and start a refresh and new,” Ron Tapscott said.

“I cannot see someone sitting on a balcony with an airplane flying by every couple of minutes, making people who have chosen to live here very unhappy with the choice in the house they made,” Gayle Shanks said. “I can’t imagine what Tempe citizens would be doing except running to city council and the mayor because suddenly airplanes are flying nonstop over their heads and houses.”

This Thursday, the City of Tempe will be discussing this topic during a public meeting. This will be the first time residents will get a chance to comment on the project.

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City of Tempe to continue negotiations with Arizona Coyotes for entertainment district

On Thursday night, the council approved negotiations for the proposed arena and entertainment district on a 5-2 vote.TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - The Arizona Coyotes need a new home, and the team hopes to build it in Tempe. Team executives issued a proposal to the Tempe City Council Thursday for a $2.1 billion state-of-the-art arena and entertainment district. It would be located along Tempe Town Lake, off Rio Salado Parkway and Priest Drive. On Thursday night, the council approved negotiations for the proposed arena and entertainme...

On Thursday night, the council approved negotiations for the proposed arena and entertainment district on a 5-2 vote.

TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - The Arizona Coyotes need a new home, and the team hopes to build it in Tempe. Team executives issued a proposal to the Tempe City Council Thursday for a $2.1 billion state-of-the-art arena and entertainment district. It would be located along Tempe Town Lake, off Rio Salado Parkway and Priest Drive. On Thursday night, the council approved negotiations for the proposed arena and entertainment district on a 5-2 vote.

After the vote, the Coyotes issued a statement about the decision.

“We are extremely pleased that the Tempe City Council has voted to proceed with negotiations on development on the Tempe Entertainment District. Having heard all the facts, they have recognized the incredible opportunity that this project presents - not only for the Coyotes but also for the City of Tempe. We look forward to taking the next steps to turn this exciting vision into a reality”

During the meeting, team officials told councilmembers that the development would be privately funded and create close to 7,000 new jobs. The project would include a 16,000-seat hockey arena, retail stores, restaurants, a sportsbook, hotels, apartments and office space. Coyotes executives also released new renderings of the proposed arena. The renderings show the Tempe arena surrounded by 10 buildings to be used as hotels, offices or apartments. One of the photos also showed a strip of restaurants near a hotel building.

Representatives from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport also made a presentation at the meeting, expressing concerns about apartments being built too close to the airport. The proposed site is less than 2 miles away from the runway at Sky Harbor, which has some pilots and airport representatives against the idea. Some pilots even spoke about residential buildings being built too high and interfering with air traffic.

Chad Makovsky, Phoenix Director of Aviation Services also released a statement following the council’s vote.

“As neighboring cities, Phoenix and Tempe have a longstanding tradition of working together for the benefit of the entire community. We understand Tempe’s desire to develop this land east of the Airport, and Phoenix Sky Harbor is not in opposition to the Tempe Entertainment District development as a whole. Our concern has been and remains with the proposed residential high rise which would violate the terms of an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between Phoenix and Tempe. If the residential building is not removed from the project, it jeopardizes the entire agreement. For nearly three decades this agreement has helped reduce the harmful effects of noise for Tempe residents. We are optimistic we can come to a mutually beneficial solution which will ensure compatible land use in the high-noise areas directly under Sky Harbor’s flight paths.”

Dozens of people gathered outside Tempe City Hall to let council members know how they should vote. Some Tempe residents were in support the development project, but others were not. Those for the proposal say it will bring jobs to the area and boost the local economy. However, those who voted no say it would bring too much traffic and increase the cost of living.

Olympian Lyndsey Fry was also in attendance at the meeting sporting her Coyotes jersey and showing her support for the proposal. Shane Doan, the Coyotes’ chief hockey development officer, also took to the stand to make his case during the meeting. “We need a place that is our own and somewhere where they want us and hopefully we get can get down here and this is something that works,” said Doan.

Coyotes legend Shane Doan, who is the chief hockey development officer for the team, spoke at the public hearing to build a new arena for the Arizona Coyotes.

The City of Phoenix said their concerns aren’t about the arena. Instead, the proposed apartments go against their intergovernmental agreement with Tempe. “Building the arena itself is no problem. That’s clear, we’ve made that abundantly clear. The issue is being houses next to the arena,” said J. Cabou, the attorney representing the City of Phoenix Aviation Department.

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Tempe's plan for the Arizona Coyotes will be nothing but trouble for Sky Harbor Airport

Opinion: It's easy to predict what will happen when Tempe builds 1,000 new homes near the airport's southern runway, and none if it is good for any of us.opinion contributorsPreserving the asset that is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has necessarily been a cooperative economic project between Valley cities.Since 1994 Phoenix and Tempe have been guided by ...

Opinion: It's easy to predict what will happen when Tempe builds 1,000 new homes near the airport's southern runway, and none if it is good for any of us.

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Preserving the asset that is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has necessarily been a cooperative economic project between Valley cities.

Since 1994 Phoenix and Tempe have been guided by our intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that was born out of Tempe’s desire to stop the development of a new runway at Sky Harbor – today’s southern, third runway. That agreement addresses the flight paths departing Sky Harbor to the east and protects Tempe residential neighborhoods from aircraft noise along those routes.

For more than 25 years, Sky Harbor’s growth, expansion and development plans have been made with the IGA and adherence to its prescribed eastbound departure path in mind.

Tempe even appointed its own aviation commission to ensure that the terms of the agreement remain viable and enforced. All of this to protect Tempe neighborhoods from the life-altering experience of having a flight path directly over their homes.

Residential units violate a longstanding agreement

We are gravely concerned that Tempe’s recent request for proposal for a new entertainment district – centered around a new arena for the Arizona Coyotes – includes well over 1,000 new residential units, in clear violation of the intergovernmental agreement.

These residential units are proposed to be built directly under the very flight paths that were created by the intergovernmental agreement to protect Tempe residents.

As previously communicated by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Air Line Pilots Association, the airlines themselves and by the professional management of Sky Harbor, no residential development can be permitted in this area – less than 10,000 feet from the end of the two south runways – without compromising those flight paths and significantly threatening the airport’s continued operation and future growth.

As community leaders who embrace cooperation and compatible growth, it is essential, if the entertainment district proposal moves forward, that all residential development be removed from consideration.

Taking that action would preserve the existing IGA, protect the existing flight paths over Tempe, and not undermine the future growth of Sky Harbor – the most valuable real estate asset to our state’s economy.

Insulation won't stop the noise complaints

If this agreement is ignored by Tempe and some 4,000 people move in directly under the flight path, we know what will happen next. The incessant aggravation of having commercial aircraft fly low and directly overhead as often as every minute will result in new noise complaints, calls for airport restrictions, arguments for new flight paths, and limits on air service.

We know this from our shared history (when Tempe sued to stop Sky Harbor’s growth because of noise concerns), our own recent experience (when the FAA changed flight paths to the west of the airport), and from the experiences of other communities around the country.

Proposals such as residential noise insulation are not the answer.

We are a community that likes to be outdoors enjoying our Arizona sunshine, having coffee on the balcony, walking the dog, grilling burgers with neighbors. We are not a community that remains inside of a sound-insulated apartment with windows closed.

If Tempe wants to be relieved of its promises under the intergovernmental agreement, the cities could agree to sunset the IGA and openly negotiate with Sky Harbor and surrounding neighborhoods about the future flight paths heading east of the airport.

Don't box in a major economic asset

Accepting the current proposal without resolving the flight path issue jeopardizes our regional travel and tourism industry, including everyone who relies on the airport for travel and employment, and the many existing residents and businesses that depend on the existing agreement for their domestic peace and tranquility.

Sky Harbor has become Arizona’s most valuable economic asset and essential to our state’s continued growth, with:

It is our sincere hope that Tempe leadership will embrace the history of cooperation that we built together over many decades and work with Sky Harbor Airport, the airlines, the pilots’ associations and neighbors to ensure that everyone’s best interests are served.

Remove the residential component and proceed with further discussions to determine options for development that can preserve this important relationship.

Thelda Williams, Paul Johnson, Terry Goddard and Phil Gordon have all served as Phoenix mayor. Share your thoughts at skyharbor@phoenix.gov.

Megan Bartlett Named Arizona State Softball Head Coach

TEMPE, Ariz. – Megan Bartlett has been named the head coach for the Arizona State University women's softball program, on June 22, 2022, as announced by Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director Ray Anderson.This past season Bartlett helped lead an unseeded University of Texas team to their first Women's Colleg...

TEMPE, Ariz. – Megan Bartlett has been named the head coach for the Arizona State University women's softball program, on June 22, 2022, as announced by Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director Ray Anderson.

This past season Bartlett helped lead an unseeded University of Texas team to their first Women's College World Series appearance as an assistant coach. She also spent five years in Indiana as a head coach building the Ball State softball program.

"I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Being named the next head coach of the Sun Devil Softball program is the opportunity of a lifetime," said Bartlett. "The focus on family, passion and character are a perfect fit. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Ray Anderson, Christina Wombacher, Ken Landphere and the entire ASU senior leadership team for believing in me. Their collective vision and excitement for the program is contagious and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. I would also like to thank Mike White, Steve Singleton and the incredible team at the University of Texas, their tireless efforts made this opportunity possible for me and my family. I can't wait to meet the Sun Devils. It's going to be a great ride! Forks Up!"

In 2022, she helped guide Texas to their WCWS appearance against Oklahoma. The squad finished with a 47-22-1 record and No. 2 in the final USA Today/NFCA poll. Bartlett was a mastermind behind the success of the Texas' offense, with the program leading the nation in doubles (116) while setting school single-season records for doubles, runs scored (397), hits (560), total bases (906), RBIs (355), walks (224) and games played (70). UT rallied for an impressive 18 come-from-behind victories, posted 14 total wins over ranked teams and won its first six elimination games during its postseason run through the NCAA Seattle Regional, the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional and the Women's College World Series.

In her first campaign with the Longhorns in 2021, Bartlett helped guide Texas to a 43-14 overall record, a No. 12 final ranking and a berth in the NCAA Stillwater Super Regional. The squad set program records for team batting average (.342 - third in NCAA Division I), slugging (.561 - seventh NCAA) and on-base percentage (.419 - fourth NCAA) while putting up top five single-season totals for hits (512 - third NCAA), doubles (79), RBIs (338) and HR's (78).

As the head coach at Ball State for five seasons (2016-20), Bartlett led the program to a 141-108 overall record (.567) while registering three consecutive 30-win seasons from 2017-19. Over that stretch, she helped guide the Cardinals to the 2018 Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division title with that season's 37 victories, marking the fourth-most wins in a single season in program history.

"As both a coach and a player, Megan has been exactly where we want, and envision, Sun Devil Softball - fighting for a national championship on softball's biggest stage in Oklahoma City. Her elite-level softball experience as head coach at Ball State and assistant coach at the University of Texas make her imminently qualified to lead our program into the future," said Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson. "In getting to know Megan, it was clear she shares the same values embodied in the 'Sun Devil Way' and is committed and excited to further instill a championship-winning culture at ASU. We're thrilled to welcome the Bartlett family to Sun Devil Nation, and we're ready to get to work in the next era of our storied softball program under Coach Bartlett."

We've found her. ??We're excited to announce former Texas assistant coach Megan Bartlett as our new Head Coach! ??Sun Devil Nation, join us in welcoming @coachcbartlett to Tempe and the Pac-12! ???? https://t.co/zEqvp3pWjP#ForksUp /// #O2V pic.twitter.com/dgd8Kmuvad

— Sun Devil Softball (@ASUSoftball) June 23, 2022

During the abbreviated 2020 campaign, Bartlett's squad registered an 18-9 overall record while rating highly in the NCAA Division I team statistics for on-base percentage (26th - .405), scoring (32nd - 6.2), OPS (32nd - .908), HR's-per-game (35th – 1.07), slugging percentage (35th - .503) and team ERA (37th – 2.22).

Over her five years in charge of the Ball State program, Bartlett mentored four National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Great Lakes Region selections, outfielder Rachel Houck (second team), designated player Madison Lee (second team), pitcher Nicole Steinbach (third team) and infielder Stacy Payton (third team). She also had players earn a combination of 12 All-MAC or All-MAC Freshman Team honors and 29 Academic All-MAC accolades to go along with six MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete inclusions.

Bartlett began her coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Loyola University Chicago (2005-07), where she was part of the 2007 Horizon League Coaching Staff of the Year while helping her squad to the league's regular season title.

From there, she moved on to become an assistant coach at Northern Illinois (2007-12), working with infielders and outfielders while also serving as the recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator and camp coordinator. During her stay at NIU, she guided Huskies hitters to multiple single-season records and helped tutor the squad to top 40 national rankings in 2011 in doubles (2nd – 1.81), batting average (24th - .312), scoring (33rd – 5.49) and slugging percentage (39th - .461).

After spending a single campaign at DePaul as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2014 Big East regular season and tournament champions (44-11), Bartlett moved on to become an assistant coach at Purdue (2014-15). During the 2015 season with the Boilermakers, she served as the team's defensive coordinator, helping the squad improve its team fielding percentage from 10th (.956) all the way to third in the Big 10 (.970).

As a professional softball player, Bartlett was a part of two regular season National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) championship teams (2005-06) with the Chicago Bandits.

Collegiately, Bartlett was a four-year letter winner at Notre Dame (2002-05), helping power the Irish to four NCAA Regional appearances, four Big East regular season championships and two Big East Tournament titles. A two-time NFCA All-American (2004, 2005), she captained the 2005 squad to a 46-15 mark while helping secure the program's first-ever NCAA Regional home contests.

The 2004 Big East Player of the Year, Bartlett completed her playing career at Notre Dame as the program's leader in hits (284) and stolen bases (76), while finishing in the top five in batting average (second - .368) and runs scored (second – 161). She also finished ranked in the UND career top 10 in doubles (ninth – 37), triples (seventh – 9), HR's (ninth – 13) and RBIs (10th – 101).

Prior to her collegiate career, the Terre Haute, Ind., native was a three-sport standout in softball, basketball and soccer at North Vigo High School. Following her senior year in 2001, Bartlett was named Indiana Miss Softball as well as the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year.

Bartlett graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree of business administration in managerial consulting in 2005. She completed her master's of business administration in healthcare administration at Loyola University Chicago in 2007 and went on to earn a juris doctor from Northern Illinois in 2012.

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