Monsoon season within the Southwestern United States might present aid to elements of the area which can be determined for any sort of precipitation, however life-threatening flash floods and lightning are additionally a part of the deal.
Like a lot of the West, Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas are battling a yearlong drought. Monsoon season typically begins in these locations in June and runs via September.
Final yr, although, the monsoon didn’t carry a lot rain. However this yr has already seen a dramatic distinction — a 200 p.c improve in precipitation over the past two months in elements of the Southwest.
“An excessive amount of of something is at all times a foul factor,” mentioned Dave Lawrence, a Nationwide Climate Service meteorologist who covers the Western United States.
With heavy thunderstorms within the forecast via the weekend, flash flood watches have been issued Thursday, lasting via Saturday, for central and japanese Arizona, in addition to western New Mexico and southwest Colorado — the place final week a torrent of water surged via elements of the Grand Canyon, leaving one camper useless.
“We’re most involved about areas which were burned by wildfires this yr,” mentioned Mark O’ Malley, a meteorologist for the Nationwide Climate Service’s department in Phoenix. “These areas might be notably inclined to flash flooding from the heavy rainfall.”
However regardless of the dangers, meteorologists mentioned the Southwest’s moist season nonetheless presents a welcome return to normalcy, notably because the West battles a punishingly dry summer time.
“The monsoon season seems extra regular,” Mr. Lawrence mentioned. “If there may be such a factor as regular for climate — which there isn’t.”