When you hear the word "Monsoon" the desert climate of Arizona doesn't immediately resonate with that mental image. And yet, the Arizona Monsoon Season is a serious topic among residents.
The "Monsoon" season typically starts about mid June and lasts through September. What is it? It's typically a quick rain shower, overcast skies and can have VERY strong winds with dust storms ensuing. These can be blinding and the micro-bursts that sometimes go along with it can damage property and personal belongings. In one of my other homes, garden chairs were blown into my pool. A couple of years ago a micro-burst claimed an entire wall of block fencing, blocks of trees, and downed power lines. But across the street everything was untouched!
It's better to be safe than sorry. Here's an article from the Cronkite News PBS station for information.
Being prepared for monsoon season is much like other storms in other states. Keep stocks of supplies in case you lose power. Always remove loose items around pools and in your yards. They become blowing objects that can damage property.
Make sure you have solar chargers if you lose power for very long. If you rely on solar panels for power, know that you won't have any power if you have no electricity because the inverter can't convert what little power you're receiving during overcast days.
Keep fresh batteries for flashlights. Keep water in your car in case you are stranded while driving. And make sure your cell phone is charged during driving times.
Being safe means being prepared. In this article you'll see ways to stay safe while you're driving.
If you're new to Arizona, please read these articles above so you'll know what to expect!
When I lived in Alabama, the rainfall of 50" a year taught me to leave my headlights on during rainstorms. But in Arizona, they key to dust storms is to turn off the road, keep your seatbelt on, park your car and hit the emergency brake and turn your lights off so others don't follow you. It seemed backward because I thought people needed to see me in storms, but not in a monsoon storm.