It’s monsoon time

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):

SAM_0060The 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.


SAM_0639Why am I not in this post? I can take the thunder and lightening, but I hate the water and the outdoors when it’s wet.

“All things in moderation” doesn’t apply to the Sonoran Desert.

About Kismet

I'm a 16 year old Indian Ringneck parrot curmudgeon in New River, Arizona in the wild west country. If you're a sunflower seed, you're dinner.

41 comments on “It’s monsoon time

  1. Our Little Bit would have been inside too. She doesn’t like storms and hides under my legs the entire time.

    Have a calm two months. 🙂

  2. Wow, that looks super scary. Whee thinks you is very brave to not be hiding behind your hoomans or under some hay! Hope things aren’t too bad and you all stay calm and safe ^_^

    Nutty, Nacho, Buddy & Basil

  3. Yikes you wouldn’t see me for days with that thunder and lighting. Kaci you are so brave but then you have the best teacher 🙂 Stay safe xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  4. Looks like a river made just for pups.

  5. Oh my. Run to higher ground! Now. Dat driveway river is wild.

  6. Gully Whopper Rain ~ Yep I am having them also.
    Sweet William The Scot

  7. Yep, it’s a good thingie you weren’t outside, you and Kaci might have been a part of the Rio Grande River headed back to Mexico!

    The Mad Scots

  8. I went to ASU forward school and I remember my first monsoon. I had no idea what was happening. We saw the area was flooded today, so please stay safe. For some reason, I thought you were in England? LOL!

    • The closest I ever got to England was seeing the trucks on Interstate 17 that say “England” on the back because that’s the last name of the fleet’s owner (I believe).

  9. Wow, that rain certainly will make your morning walk a bit more difficult. Good luck this season!

  10. Love the Scottie welcome sign! I don’t blame you for staying inside. I would want to, too. Much love, the Scottie Mom.

  11. You’re only welcome here if you’re a Scottie, know a Scottie, like Scotties a lot, or a Scottie peep (like Scottie Mom).

  12. National Tequila Day is July 24th
    Sweet William The Scot

  13. That’s a lot of water! We didn’t know AZ had a monsoon season…very interesting. Do snakies ever float past your house? Or try to get up where it’s dry…..ugh!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  14. I’d do morning snooze with that weather too! I am not an all-weather Tibbie 🙂

  15. You’ll need a boat to get down that drive way!

  16. Oh where is your beautiful back yard? I would stay in the house the whole time – this water looks scary. But I’m glad visitors are still WELCOME at Casa Kyla :o)

  17. I’d stay inside out of the rain too. Not crazy about thunder either! Wooooowoooooo!

  18. This is my 5th Summer Kyla and we get storms just like yours (even the lightning storms with no rain) so I’m used to them by now…But last week I got really mad…I was going to my first Bark in the Park to see my first-ever baseball game and yes, you guessed it, we got rained out…Aaargh! I hope they reschedule it for later this year…BTW, I’d share my treats with any Scottie who asked…we just don’t have any in our Social Club yet

    • I’m mad as hell, I tell ya. You get to go to a baseball game. I don’t get to go even though He works at the baseball games. They even have “Bark in the Park” when dogs are not only allowed, but encouraged, and I’m still not able to go.

      • It’s worse than that. I love sports and I don’t get to go either. I’m all over televised sports-like a little piston, jumping up and down and barking.

  19. oh boy so much rain! I guess that is the downfall of living in what other wise is such a picturesque place to live. And lightening was so bad it looked like daytime that is crazy! I guess Kyla has learned to not be so afraid of it, which is a good thing 🙂

  20. It’s my 10th year of watching the show.

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