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Old 05-20-2010, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ & Munds Park, AZ
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Share your experiences and pictures about Arizonas Monsoon Season here! Im extremely interested in the Monsoons and they never come quick enough . Cant Wait!
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ & Munds Park, AZ
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Monsoon Facts:
The wettest monsoon season Phoenix has had was 9.89 inches of rain
The driest was 0.35 inches
The Monsoons originate in the Mountains of Northern Arizona
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ & Munds Park, AZ
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The Monsoon is caused by a shift in the winds over tropical mexico and blow north. The warm, humid air sinks to the base of the desert, raising humidity levels in the Phoenix area. The warm winds hit the Mogollon Rim catasrophically and create dramatic billowing cumulonimbus clouds. The Warm air condenses with the cold air over the, say, San Francisco Peaks or the white mountains and creates dark clouds. These storms push air back towards the valley floor. The strong winds racing down the mogollon rim collides with the moist wind of the monsoonal flow. This creates clouds and strong microbursts that let out pulses of strong winds, gusts, that stirs up giant walls of dust called haboobs.
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Old 05-23-2010, 05:41 PM
 
Location: America the beautiful!
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After living in Phoenix for 8yrs I never saw a storm nearly as intense as anything we get here in the south. I used to laugh when I would see people in Phoenix react to a few raindrops by running to their cars like acid was falling from the sky. In a typical week in the summer we get more thunderstorms, sometimes 4 or 5 a day, and rain in a week than AZ gets in an entire monsoon season, and here we just call them...yep you guessed it, thunderstorms. It's way overhyped by the local media and residents there. There isn't much to talk about considering the lack of weather most of the year there, so I guess you have a right to get excited about it though.
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ & Munds Park, AZ
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Its true. A tenth of rain often makes the headlines! I used to live in North Carolina and we got rain nearly every day. For the most part though, the monsoon thunderstorms often pack more power into a small cell than a normal thunderstorm down south. They also can produce tons of lightning. Thats why i love the south, the only difference is theres no dust storms!
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:28 PM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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We live up in the Verde Valley and it has been down right chilly. We have yet to use the AC. Any predictions for the monsoon season?
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ & Munds Park, AZ
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Yes. Because of El Nino, the sea surface temperauture will continue to be above average. This will cause the shift in the winds to be stronger and warmer, making a more humid monsoon season. Meaning flagstaff will have more frequent storms, and the verde valley will be wetter then normal. Down here in the valley it was 75 earlier last week. A reasonable prediction would be, based on historical el nino years, about 3-5 inches of rain in the valley and 7-12 up north. The verde valley shoud recieve somewhere between here. but of copurse, monsoon thunderstorms are hit and miss, and are very unpredictable. well just have to wait and see!
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ & Munds Park, AZ
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Anyone recall the August 28, 2008 storm?
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ & Munds Park, AZ
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Well, to day was unofficially the start of the monsoon season. The unusual july like heat and a strong southerly wind has mixed together so that at 3:14 PM, the NWS in Flagstaff and Payson both recorded the first thunderstorm formed with monsoonal origin! Currently, the storm can be seen from north phoenix, and is moving north at about 11 MPH. It formed about 12 miles north north east of Payson Arizona and occuring with the storm are hail and frequent lightning. Bring it on!!!!
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:59 PM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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I looked at the radar on NWS and it looks like the storm is heading to New Mexico. I also see a small storm crossing 40 near Winslow.
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