Monsoon On The Way!!

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Post by Nighthiker » Jun 23 2002 12:37 pm

While hiking at night, I have observed the rhino beetles are out and about around sunup and the moths are also quite busy as well. If the cicada's start singing the monsoons should make their apearance.

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Post by desert dweller » Jun 23 2002 2:59 pm

Nighthiker wrote:If the cicada's start singing the monsoons should make their apearance.
This morning, sitting out in the backyard (desertified) drinking coffee and reading the paper, the cicada's started up about 10 a.m. Loud and sustained.

We are still almost two weeks away from predicted first rain, though. Here in Tucson, it seems that the Fourth of July is the magic day for monsoon start.


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Post by jeremy77777 » Jun 23 2002 6:32 pm

I just hope there is some rain with the lighting.
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Post by Daryl » Jun 24 2002 11:16 am

Not to be negative, but this is an El Nino year, which historically means the monsoon season ends early.
Also, with lack of moisture in the air, the monsoon storms are bad news.
We need about a foot of rain spread out over 2 months to get anywhere close to normal again.
I'm normally an optimist, but I can't see anything good coming anytime soon. What we really need is a nice big hurricane to come up from the gulf and bring us water.

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Post by olesma » Jun 24 2002 12:23 pm

As much as I hate to agree on the particular scenario - I do. All indications for the long term are pointing to a mighty dissappointing Monsoon season. ossibly good if you like lightning shows (which, in current conditions cause other more serious problems) but other than that - I just see a lot of dust in the forecast.

Gonna be a long summer.

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Post by MaryPhyl » Jun 24 2002 1:53 pm

I sure hope no one is holding their breath till the rain comes :roll:

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Post by Newbie hiker » Jun 24 2002 6:41 pm

Oooh! Hurricaines? Now those I know how to handle. When do we get those? :wink:

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Post by evenstarx3 » Jun 25 2002 8:42 am

It rained most of the day last Tuesday at Yellowstone and they'd had heavy snow just two weeks earlier; lot of snow still on the ground, even below the 8,000 foot level. On the way home I spent two days in Taos, NM and it rained heavily last Saturday evening and had rained Friday as well. All together Taos had almost an inch of rain in those two days, but they were still far short of their normal rainfall.
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Post by chumley » Jul 11 2019 12:34 pm

The Tucson National Weather Service office reports that the two wettest monsoon seasons on record started late. Using the old dew point metric, those two years started on July 8 (1964) and July 15 (1955). Rainfall at Tucson International those two years totaled 13.84" and 13.08" respectively - more than twice the average! The forecast in Tucson looks promising for the dew point metric to exceed the monsoon threshold this weekend.
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Post by rwstorm » Jul 13 2019 7:09 pm

OK...let's get this friggin monsoon 2019 going! This one was a classic building in on outflows from the east and south. (I hate distractions when I'm watching a good baseball game on TV, but I'm lucky things weren't vaporized with all the intense close cloud to ground lightning :o ) 0.62 inch rain, 30 mph wind gust, no damage at my place, and general happiness. :D I'll take it!

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Post by SpiderLegs » Jul 14 2019 6:20 am

@rwstorm - It huffed and it puffed and we got a few rounds of sprinkles at my house near Oro Valley.
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Post by kelly14 » Jul 22 2019 9:10 pm

Dumping North Phoenix!! Woo hoo

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Post by LosDosSloFolks » Jul 24 2019 7:43 am

Steady rain with thunder past 5 hours in Cave Creek. Ditto on the "Woo hoo" of kelly14!
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Post by chumley » Jul 24 2019 9:53 am

I just did a thing outside. I’m so, so moist now. :)
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Post by markthurman53 » Jul 24 2019 10:19 am

Got a good rain east of Tucson Monday evening. I'm going to try my luck in the Chiricahuas Thursday and Friday. Suppose to be a couple of down days before next week but we all know how they are at predicting this stuff.

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Post by chumley » Jul 31 2019 8:57 am

A very unusual widespread rain last night with few heavy storms. A modest .72" for me, but except for north Mesa, most areas seemed to see quite a bit less.

Interestingly, MCFCD has two new gauges in the Superstitions to monitor rainfall after the fire. One is located at the north Reavis trailhead, and another at Tortilla Ranch / JF Trailhead. It's nice to have a little more data from out that direction.
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Post by SuperstitionGuy » Jul 31 2019 1:57 pm

:scared: Why keep us in suspense, what were the reading of those two new Superstition rain gauges.
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Post by chumley » Jul 31 2019 2:03 pm

24 hour totals:
.39" at 109 North TH
.43" at Tortilla Ranch
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Post by nonot » Jul 31 2019 7:18 pm

The worst damage appeared to me to be along McKellips road near Lindsay. No other significant damage was noted elsewhere. I suspect a powerful downdraft snapped about 12-50 trees in a one block area.

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Post by Jim_H » Aug 11 2019 8:11 am

The title of this thread is ironic for this season. It seems like the monsoon flow induced summer thunderstorms are continually, "on the way", and yet never, ever arriving.
Clearly, had the old weather thread not been locked, we would be getting ample summer rainfall.
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