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Old 06-05-2013, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Hyrule
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Ok everyone, yes, I know I love guessing when things happen. Yes, I'm usually the one doing these silly threads. Anyone willing to play along is welcome.

What week do you predict the start of Monsoon this summer? My predictions are early this year given the hot June temps already. I predict the last week of June. Funny how I post these threads and I'm always wrong. lol

Any players out there?
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:00 AM
 
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The later, the better for me. I like using the swamp cooler instead of A/C, I like the dry air but there is something to be said for watching the huge thunder/lightning storms in the afternoon.
Living in the east valley, when the monsoons start, it seems there is a fantastic light show most afternoons.
I'll say the last week of July.....
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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I'm just going to place this link here for information regarding the monsoon season and hopefully stop the back and forth debates that always occur in these threads. It's a must read for anyone living here or planning to visit this time of year.

Basics of the Arizona Monsoon & Desert Meteorology | School Of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning | Arizona State University
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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It's always hot in June; the highest temps are mid June until the monsoon starts. The temps now are about average and should rise the next few weeks and aren't indicative of an early monsoon.

It usually starts 1st-2nd week of July.

Technically it's monsoon but it's so mild here that the humidity and late afternoon/evening pattern of storms aren't much different than standard summer weather in much of the country.

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Old 06-05-2013, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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I'll take the monsoon's but I hope the dust/wind storms don't show up at all.
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:37 AM
 
Location: 'Bout a mile off Old Mill Road
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IMO, the later monsoon season begins, the better.
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:24 PM
 
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The monsoons: in my opinion the BEST time of summer in az. I love the smell of rain coming in. I work at the main library branch Burton Barr and when we get these storms coming in, the view from atop that building is SPECTACULAR!! But, like another poster said, let's hope we can get minimum dust storms this year. Seriously!
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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All I know is I am going to blow a cork the first time someone says "Haboob". Never, ever heard this term used in Arizona until the last couple of years. Who is the guilty party who introduced this into our local lexicon?
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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All I know is I am going to blow a cork the first time someone says "Haboob". Never, ever heard this term used in Arizona until the last couple of years. Who is the guilty party who introduced this into our local lexicon?
You are now the first person to bring it up. Blow your own cork.

And if you really want to know:

S.B. Idso, 1972 An American Haboob
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Hyrule
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The monsoons: in my opinion the BEST time of summer in az. I love the smell of rain coming in. I work at the main library branch Burton Barr and when we get these storms coming in, the view from atop that building is SPECTACULAR!! But, like another poster said, let's hope we can get minimum dust storms this year. Seriously!
I agree, it's the only real shift in weather we get. I enjoy it. I'm a long timer here and I guess I'm stuck with the old mind set of the monsoon doesn't really start until the first 3 days of humidity rises. I realize we have a new "monsoon season" now but I still go by the dew point markers.
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