Summer monsoon season is here and for the next three months it will rule the Arizona weather. These storms feature dazzling displays of lightning and powerful winds. These ferocious winds will rip off roofs and uproot trees. Ultimately the pounding rain will flood washes and sweep away cars and damage homes.
What is the monsoon?
The National Weather Service states that the term “monsoon” originates from the Arabic word “mausim,” meaning season. So, as opposed to an individual storm, the monsoon is a specific season of the year.
In Arizona, the monsoon is essentially a change in the weather patterns and wind direction. When the wind flow shifts from the west and southwest the rain follows. As winds change they bring a hefty level of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Finally, Arizona braces for the season the temperature and wind shifts herald the arrival of the stormy season.
What are the records?
Since 1896, National Weather Service records highlight the wettest monsoon in 1984, with 9.56 inches of rain. The 2014 season ranks seventh on the “Top 10 Wettest” list, with 6.34 inches.
The driest monsoon occurred in 1924, with only 0.35 inches of rain. The 2007 season, ranking fifth-driest with 0.74 inches, is the most recent on the “Top 10 Driest” list.
The Weather Service explains La Niña as the cooling of tropical waters. In contrast, El Niño brings warmer temperatures to that region along with mold growth.
How can you prepare?
Prepare for the monsoon by taking action. According to Deputy Chief Forrest Smith of the Mesa Fire and Medical Department, use sandbags to divert water. This will also help to protect your home from flooding during a storm.
Pick up free sandbags at various fire stations in the Valley. Some stations provide bags and shovels, while others require residents to bring their own tools. Contact your local fire department or check their website for details on obtaining sandbags.
For tips on using sandbags to safeguard your home from flooding, visit mesaaz.gov and search for “sandbags.”
If your home is already dealing with monsoon flooding, contact our experts at ASAP Restoration for help today!