In June through September, Arizona gets monsoons, but mostly and most intense in July and August. I’m used to them-if there’s thunder I have no problem-I just enjoy the show. We were worried about Kaci-this would be her first monsoon season. She saw how calm I was and she was (uncharacteristically) calm also. These storms have high winds, lightening, thunder and/or rain in any combination. Yes, you can get lightening and thunder without a drop of rain. The last couple of years, the monsoons have been very tame. We got our first this season:
Compared with some prior years-this was a non-event. Unfortunately we didn’t have a camera then that could record these but the lightening was so intense and frequent that it almost looked like daytime outside. I’ll post one of the good ones if we get one this season. We haven’t had super high winds yet either although one a couple of years ago tore a panel off the outside of the football stadium (here’s the stadium with all the panels after repair):
The storms usually happen after sunset in the early night. Yesterday, we had one with thunder and LOTS of rain around noon. We’d always wondered why they called our town “New River” but we found out that it’s in hono(u)r of our driveway.
“All things in moderation” doesn’t apply to the Sonoran Desert.