MONSOON! ~ What is it? ~ How Does It Affect You, Sedona and Arizona

Reblogger Roy Kelley
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Monsoon officially starts on June 15th and ends on September 30th. However most of the rain comes from the middle of July through the middle of August. 

Original content by Sheri Sperry - MCNE® NRDS # 146013739



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Information on Monsoon - Sedona, AZ - First of all, there is no need to add season at the end of Monsoon because Monsoon is a season. Monsoon affects the west and southwest states because the pattern of the weather changes as noted below.

How Long Is The Monsoon In Arizona?

Monsoon officially starts on June 15th and ends on September 30th. However most of the rain comes from the middle of July through the middle of August.  This is one of the reasons that the Temps in Sedona are a less harsh during July and August.  The average rainfall in the state of Arizona is around 12.5 inches.  The Sedona area gets more than the average rainfall. We have had as much as 26 inches (2016) and as low as 13.66 inches (2014). See the actual precipitation chart on

What Creates Monsoon Conditions?

Weather enthusiasts and forecasters look to the dew point to tell if monsoon conditions exist. The dew point must be about 55º for thunderheads to start development. The dew point indicates how much moisture is in the air. At this point, the air cannot hold water in gas form and the gas will then turn to liquid form creating water droplets. The water droplets create fog or precipitation. Prior to officially declaring a calendar season for monsoon, the season would be declared when there were three days at a dew point of 55º.

2016 - Record Rain Totals

In 2016, the monsoon had 9.65 inches of rain recorded on my station. When you couple that with over 7 inches of rain and 7.5 inches of snow, we had a year end total of 25.92 inches of precipitation.

So Far In 2018...

We started 2018 with 3.73 inches of rainfall in the first two months, but our rainfall is only 4.84 through May.  Since 2010, our backyard weather station has recorded an average of 5.8 inches of rain in July and August combined, so we are looking forward to monsoon.

Preparation For Monsoon

One quick note - Because it is our rainy season and the chance of lightning during a thunderstorm could knock out power, take some time to have things ready to go:

  • Know where the flashlights and candles are for easy access.
  • Keep your cell phone charged
  • Clean out gutters - drains - culverts - rain ditches and any other natural path water may take during a sudden downpour.

What Is Monsoon?

It seems that Southern Arizona, the White Mountains and the Phoenix metropolitan area known as "The Valley" get the brunt of the monsoon affects. It is amazing to see the haboob (desert wind storms)monsoon - Sedona real estate kick up and tower thousands of feet in the air moving through the valley. Those storms are the pre-cursor to the rain and massive storm cells that develop from the moisture in the warm air coming off the Gulf of Mexico. Generally, massive amounts of rain falling create downdrafts that push the air out from the center of the storm which produces a dry wind that kicks up the dust and dirt.

Seasonal Weather Patterns monsoon Arizona Sedona real estate

During summer, weather patterns change.  Storms that travel from the arctic  (Alaska) down through Canada and the lower 48, create our winter storm pattern. In the summer, the pattern shifts to the south. Hurricanes, storms and moisture travel northwest from the Gulf of Mexico through Mexico, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona moving all the way to California. We also get moisture coming from the Gulf of California traveling directly north. Lots of moisture and an occasional hurricane come up from the coast of Baja California and push northeast into Arizona.

Northern Arizona

Up in Northern Arizona, we get a lot of cloud cover and the storms move through but usually don't drop a lot of rain here in Sedona.Though in Flagstaff it is quite a different story! The area of Sedona seems to be protected. By that I mean that most of the rain falls elsewhere before it gets to our little city. But when we do get rain and storm cells, it is a big deal around here. In 2014, Sedona got 7.73 inches of rain from July thru September. In 2013, there was 8.18 inches of rain in the same time frame. Flash flooding can happen because many of the streets are sloped leading up to the red rocks. There has been much improvement made in our drainage system to be able to handle the additional water flow but during an intense storm there is no place for the water to go and mud and rocks can travel across roads to find the path of least resistance. Do not travel through a road where water is more than 4 inches deep.  A car can be swept away easily.

Southern & Central Arizona

In Southern and Central Arizona - 2014 will be remembered as the "Monsoon of the Century". All future monsoon activity will be measured in terms of 2014. There were 3 major hurricanes that effected the weather in the southern half of the state. This caused a deluge and many towns and neighborhoods suffered tremendous flooding damage due to flash floods, hurricane wind, broken canals, and water that had no where to go. Many long-time residents had never seen a deluge like we had that year. Sky Harbor Airport had record rainfall of 1.59 inches and has exceeded the all-time record set back in 1903.

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Some of the most incredible pictures are taken during Monsoon

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Massive Thunderstorm at Sunset creates Fire In the Sky

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North View - Century Plant in Bloom


Cathedral Rock at Monsoon Sunset


Looking Toward the Mogollon Rim

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Rare Monsoon Sunset Rainbow

It was taken just a couple of minutes before the sky went on fire!


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Roy Kelley
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Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®

Jun 25, 2018 03:32 AM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Excellent choice for a reblog - Sheri always chooses such lovely photos for her posts! 

Jun 25, 2018 04:06 AM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Roy.  I saw this post when Sheri wrote it.  There are some big differences in how much rainfall different areas can handle.

Jun 25, 2018 04:25 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Jun 25, 2018 04:52 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank so much for the reblog Roy Kelley - I really do appreciate it. Happy Monday!

Jun 25, 2018 05:36 AM #6
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for reblogging the post. I love all the photos .

Jun 25, 2018 06:45 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Jun 25, 2018 01:17 PM #8
Roy Kelley
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County Hyperthermia Alert continues thru 8pm Mon, 7/2. Temps &/or heat indices approaching 105 degrees. Exec. Reg. 17-17 preventing outdoor tethering of dogs continues to be enforced. Reduce time outside, stay hydrated, check on elderly. See:

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