Tips to Surviving Monsoon Season in Arizona

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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. 

 

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John Pusa
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Jan Green very valuable tips for surviving Monsoon Season in Arizona.

Jul 08, 2019 03:36 PM #1
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Jan Green
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Thank you so much for commenting John Pusa !

Jul 08, 2019 03:56 PM #2
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Jan indeed I do not think of Monsoons when it comes to Arizona... now mention the other part of the Globe absolutely.... this just shows you how important you need to have a local Realtor... Endre

Jul 08, 2019 10:55 PM #3
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Jan Green your "monsoon" is much different than what folks in my area think when they hear that word.... monsoon here would be heavy rain every day for consecutive days....and great accumulations of water....

Jul 09, 2019 03:42 AM #4
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
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Thank you for commenting Endre Barath, Jr. ! It's true that the monsoons can catch people totally off-guard.  I drove through a wall of dust - never again.  Had to change out the cabin filter in my car!  

Jul 09, 2019 08:21 AM #5
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Jan Green
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Oh we get lots of water accumulation Barbara Todaro .  2 years ago, I-10 flooded and loads of cars had to be totaled on the freeway. Wall of rain came out of nowhere.  It depends on where you are when it rains.  If it's a newer area, you're probably going to see better water run off, but in older areas, not so much and you can be stranded in yoru own home!

Jul 09, 2019 08:22 AM #6
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Those are great tips for Arizona residents to survive monsoon season, Jan.  I've never witnessed a monsoon there.  However, many years ago, I was caught in a terrific sand storm that essentially sand blasted the paint off my car.

Jul 11, 2019 01:49 AM #7
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
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Hi Jan Green - This is an excellent and very informative post. I like the explanations and links too. Not only are you very knowledgable, but you're also very caring about others too.

I'll bet that you can get a great variety of amazing photographs during monsoon season. I really like that photo you posted. It shows and tells the story clearly as it has been so effectively written by you. 

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Your sand blast storm sounds a lot ike our monsoon storms Myrl Jeffcoat .  They can be unexpected, in short bursts, and include heavy rains.  Hope you got that car back to a shiny finish!

Jul 12, 2019 09:02 AM #9
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Thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP .  You're right about the photographs. Some of the damage in the past is surprising, especially the micro-bursts that hit one side of the street and not another.  Crazy!  Thank you for commenting. Have a great day!

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