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  • What exactly is an Arizona monsoon?

    What exactly is an Arizona monsoon?

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:06 AM EDT2018-06-19 13:06:37 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:32 AM EDT2018-06-19 13:32:09 GMT
    If you're unfamiliar with a monsoon, there is plenty to expect. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)If you're unfamiliar with a monsoon, there is plenty to expect. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Last Friday marked the official start of the monsoon season and rain quickly followed suit in the Phoenix area. But what exactly does it mean to begin the monsoon season?

    Last Friday marked the official start of the monsoon season and rain quickly followed suit in the Phoenix area. But what exactly does it mean to begin the monsoon season?

  • Weekend storm picks up trampoline, drops it in palm trees

    Weekend storm picks up trampoline, drops it in palm trees

    Monday, June 18 2018 1:11 PM EDT2018-06-18 17:11:58 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    A large trampoline on the east side near 22nd St. and Sarnoff Dr. was caught in the wind during storms over Tucson ended up wedged between 2 palm trees, more than 30 feet in the air. 

    A large trampoline on the east side near 22nd St. and Sarnoff Dr. was caught in the wind during storms over Tucson ended up wedged between 2 palm trees, more than 30 feet in the air. 

  • Marana to hand out sandbags to residents

    Marana to hand out sandbags to residents

    Friday, June 15 2018 9:23 PM EDT2018-06-16 01:23:40 GMT

    Flooding at your home during monsoon and you live in Marana?  No problem, the Town of Marana will be handing out sandbags to residents every Tuesday, beginning June 19 and lasting through the rainy season.

    Flooding at your home during monsoon and you live in Marana?  No problem, the Town of Marana will be handing out sandbags to residents every Tuesday, beginning June 19 and lasting through the rainy season.

  • Keep stormwater clean by scooping the poop

    Keep stormwater clean by scooping the poop

    Friday, June 15 2018 8:34 PM EDT2018-06-16 00:34:04 GMT
    (Source: Pima County)(Source: Pima County)

    The monsoon is here which is a perfect time to remember why it is important to pick up after pets. Pet waste can contain disease-carrying microorganisms and can transmit diseases to other pets, wildlife and even children.  

    The monsoon is here which is a perfect time to remember why it is important to pick up after pets. Pet waste can contain disease-carrying microorganisms and can transmit diseases to other pets, wildlife and even children.  

  • How to protect your home from monsoon storms

    How to protect your home from monsoon storms

    Friday, June 15 2018 10:45 AM EDT2018-06-15 14:45:04 GMT

    This is a busy time of year for landscapers as calls increase because of damage caused by monsoon storms.

    This is a busy time of year for landscapers as calls increase because of damage caused by monsoon storms.

  • The monsoon can have unwelcome effects on your health

    The monsoon can have unwelcome effects on your health

    Thursday, June 14 2018 8:48 PM EDT2018-06-15 00:48:01 GMT
    Friday, June 15 2018 9:11 AM EDT2018-06-15 13:11:24 GMT

    The monsoon is showing some signs of life as early as Friday, and the changeover from a dry heat to muggy air with clouds can have an impact on our health.

    The monsoon is showing some signs of life as early as Friday, and the changeover from a dry heat to muggy air with clouds can have an impact on our health.

  • Pima County clears major waterways in preparation for monsoon

    Pima County clears major waterways in preparation for monsoon

    Friday, June 15 2018 9:03 AM EDT2018-06-15 13:03:28 GMT
    (Source: KOLD News 13)(Source: KOLD News 13)

    As southern Arizona prepares for the monsoon rains, Pima County is doing everything it can to keep major waterways clear of dirt, garbage, and debris. 

    As southern Arizona prepares for the monsoon rains, Pima County is doing everything it can to keep major waterways clear of dirt, garbage, and debris. 

  • Mastering the monsoon: Tornadoes in Tucson?

    Mastering the monsoon: Tornadoes in Tucson?

    Thursday, June 14 2018 11:19 PM EDT2018-06-15 03:19:18 GMT

    A Tornado in Tucson? It’s more common than you might think. 

    A Tornado in Tucson? It’s more common than you might think.

  • Tips for staying safe while hiking in Arizona

    Tips for staying safe while hiking in Arizona

    Thursday, June 14 2018 11:17 PM EDT2018-06-15 03:17:45 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    Thanks to amazing weather and topography, southern Arizona can be a hiker's dream. That dream can become a nightmare if hikers don't take basic precautions or plan ahead.

    Thanks to amazing weather and topography, southern Arizona can be a hiker's dream. That dream can become a nightmare if hikers don't take basic precautions or plan ahead.

  • WATCH: Find out what to expect during Monsoon 2018

    WATCH: Find out what to expect during Monsoon 2018

    Thursday, June 14 2018 10:41 PM EDT2018-06-15 02:41:39 GMT

    Monsoon begins Friday, June 15 but we're preparing you for the storms tonight with our special Mastering the Monsoon.

    Monsoon begins Friday, June 15 but we're preparing you for the storms tonight with our special Mastering the Monsoon.

  • Where firefighters are needed most during monsoon season

    Where firefighters are needed most during monsoon season

    Thursday, June 14 2018 8:43 PM EDT2018-06-15 00:43:16 GMT

    Barricades are ready around southern Arizona to keep drivers from dangers that could be waiting in floodwaters after a monsoon storm. 

    Barricades are ready around southern Arizona to keep drivers from dangers that could be waiting in floodwaters after a monsoon storm. 

  • Pima County Transportation is prepared for monsoon 2018

    Pima County Transportation is prepared for monsoon 2018

    Thursday, June 14 2018 6:52 PM EDT2018-06-14 22:52:03 GMT

    The Pima County Department of Transportation is prepared to respond to 2018 monsoon storm events. 

    The Pima County Department of Transportation is prepared to respond to 2018 monsoon storm events. 

  • TUCSON TALKS: Mastering the Monsoon

    Thursday, June 14 2018 6:47 PM EDT2018-06-14 22:47:45 GMT

    Monsoon is one of the most unique things about southern Arizona.

    Monsoon is one of the most unique things about southern Arizona.

  • How to survive dust storm while driving

    How to survive dust storm while driving

    (Source: ADOT)(Source: ADOT)

    Know what to do if you encounter a dust storm while driving.

    Know what to do if you encounter a dust storm while driving.

  • Driving around barricades, into flooded washes dangerous and expensive

    Driving around barricades, into flooded washes dangerous and expensive

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:21 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:21:31 GMT
    Wednesday, June 13 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-06-13 23:11:20 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    When the rains fall during the monsoon, washes and rivers around Tucson can fill quickly.

    When the rains fall during the monsoon, washes and rivers around Tucson can fill quickly.

  • Monsoon 101: What causes the monsoon?

    Monsoon 101: What causes the monsoon?

    Thursday, June 26 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-06-26 16:42:36 GMT
    Wednesday, June 13 2018 7:10 PM EDT2018-06-13 23:10:19 GMT

    To begin the North American monsoon, there needs to be two key features in place in the atmosphere.

    To begin the North American monsoon, there needs to be two key features in place in the atmosphere.

  • Monsoon 101: Dry microbursts and the damage they can do

    Monsoon 101: Dry microbursts and the damage they can do

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-06-17 17:08:06 GMT
    Wednesday, June 13 2018 7:08 PM EDT2018-06-13 23:08:31 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    Microbursts are common in southern Arizona during the Monsoon. They often take down power poles, leaving us in the dark and without air conditioning during the hottest part of the summer! First, it's important

    Microbursts are common in southern Arizona during the Monsoon. They often take down power poles, leaving us in the dark and without air conditioning during the hottest part of the summer! First, it's important

  • Tips on protecting your pets during the monsoon

    Tips on protecting your pets during the monsoon

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:21 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:21:32 GMT
    Wednesday, June 13 2018 7:05 PM EDT2018-06-13 23:05:47 GMT
    (Source: Humane Society of Southern Arizona)(Source: Humane Society of Southern Arizona)

    Monsoon can be devastating to pets with the possibility of high winds, falling tree limbs, debris and the potential for fast rising water, according to shelter officials.

    Monsoon can be devastating to pets with the possibility of high winds, falling tree limbs, debris and the potential for fast rising water, according to shelter officials.

  • What to do before, during and after a flood

    What to do before, during and after a flood

    Monday, June 8 2015 10:01 AM EDT2015-06-08 14:01:58 GMT
    Wednesday, June 13 2018 7:00 PM EDT2018-06-13 23:00:11 GMT

    Most standard flood insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Get your family ready for the danger, plus check into flood insurance to protect your financial investment. 

    Most standard flood insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Get your family ready for the danger, plus check into flood insurance to protect your financial investment. 

  • Monsoon 101: Arizona Haboobs

    Monsoon 101: Arizona Haboobs

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 1:07 PM EDT2014-06-17 17:07:33 GMT
    Wednesday, June 13 2018 6:53 PM EDT2018-06-13 22:53:29 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    "Haboob" is an Arabic word referring to a giant dust storm. Unlike a localized event of blowing dust, these clouds of dust can overcome metropolitan areas of millions of people, snarling traffic and closing

    Learn about these mammoth dust storms that can encompass entire metro areas in minutes, all started from monsoon storms!

  • Monsoon 101: Why do we say 'monsoon'

    Monsoon 101: Why do we say 'monsoon'

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 6:50 PM EDT2018-06-13 22:50:48 GMT

    The monsoon is a singular word that describes all the storms that form during the summer. Monsoon is derived from the Arabic word "mausim" which means "season" or "wind-shift".  The wind shift refers

    Monsoon is derived from the Arabic word "mausim" which means "season" or "wind-shift".

  • Monsoon 101: Why should you get flood insurance?

    Monsoon 101: Why should you get flood insurance?

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 6:42 PM EDT2018-06-13 22:42:22 GMT
    (Source: Roguetucsonart / Instagram)(Source: Roguetucsonart / Instagram)

    Thousands of Tucson families are at risk of water soaking their precious memories. It is not a matter of if, but when the damage will happen. 

    Thousands of Tucson families are at risk of water soaking their precious memories. It is not a matter of if, but when the damage will happen. 

  • Monsoon 101: Lightning safety

    Monsoon 101: Lightning safety

    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The best way to avoid lightning, flash floods, and other dangerous conditions.

    The best way to avoid lightning, flash floods, and other dangerous conditions.

  • MAPS: Check on power outages in your area

    MAPS: Check on power outages in your area

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 6:36 PM EDT2018-06-13 22:36:02 GMT

    Keep track of the power outages in the Tucson area with interactive maps from TEP and Trico Electric Cooperative.

    Keep track of the power outages in the Tucson area with interactive maps from TEP and Trico Electric Cooperative.

  • Dealing with those Monsoon 'creepy crawlers'

    Dealing with those Monsoon 'creepy crawlers'

    Friday, July 17 2015 7:47 AM EDT2015-07-17 11:47:32 GMT
    Wednesday, June 13 2018 6:33 PM EDT2018-06-13 22:33:01 GMT
    (Source: Eunice Su-Yin Ng)(Source: Eunice Su-Yin Ng)

    The monsoon moves those creepy, crawlers from outside to inside and many homeowners are a little disturbed by this trend. 

    The monsoon moves those creepy, crawlers from outside to inside and many homeowners are a little disturbed by this trend. 

  • Check rain totals in your neighborhood

    Check rain totals in your neighborhood

    Tuesday, January 5 2016 9:52 AM EST2016-01-05 14:52:10 GMT
    Wednesday, June 13 2018 6:11 PM EDT2018-06-13 22:11:43 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    Join a network of your neighbors and report rain totals in your area.

    Join a network of your neighbors and report rain totals in your area.

  • Monsoon 101: Why is dew point important to the monsoon?

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    Wednesday, June 13 2018 6:08 PM EDT2018-06-13 22:08:36 GMT

    Warm, moist tropical air is needed for monsoon storms to get going over Southeast Arizona.  That is why we track the dew point numbers very closely this time of year. When dew points are below 54°, the

    Why are the dew points important to the monsoon?

  • Ultimate guide to protecting you, your pets from high temperatures

    Ultimate guide to protecting you, your pets from high temperatures

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 6:03 PM EDT2018-06-13 22:03:28 GMT

    Temperatures are rising as we creep our way into the summer months and we want to remind everyone of the symptoms of heat stroke and the impact high temperatures can have on your pets.

    Temperatures are rising as we creep our way into the summer months and we want to remind everyone of the symptoms of heat stroke and the impact high temperatures can have on your pets.

  • PET OWNERS BEWARE: Colorado River Toad

    The Colorado River Toad, a toxic Arizona resident

    Wednesday, May 30 2018 6:37 PM EDT2018-05-30 22:37:36 GMT
    Wednesday, June 13 2018 5:59 PM EDT2018-06-13 21:59:58 GMT
    The Colorado River Toad, a monsoon mainstay in southern Arizona, is toxic and can kill a dog just as easily as a rattlesnake. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)The Colorado River Toad, a monsoon mainstay in southern Arizona, is toxic and can kill a dog just as easily as a rattlesnake. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

    The Colorado River Toad, a monsoon mainstay in southern Arizona, is toxic and can kill a dog just as easily as a rattlesnake.

    The Colorado River Toad, a monsoon mainstay in southern Arizona, is toxic and can kill a dog just as easily as a rattlesnake.

  • Car experts offer advice for monsoon maintenance

    Car experts offer advice for monsoon maintenance

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 5:59 PM EDT2018-06-13 21:59:16 GMT

    Tucson can see quite a bit of rain during the monsoon, and thanks to a mixture of heat, rain and dust, cars can take quite a beating.

    Tucson can see quite a bit of rain during the monsoon, and thanks to a mixture of heat, rain and dust, cars can take quite a beating.

  • How to survive a dust storm: ADOT's tips for drivers

    How to survive a dust storm: ADOT's tips for drivers

    Monday, June 11 2018 8:41 PM EDT2018-06-12 00:41:31 GMT
    Tuesday, June 12 2018 2:25 PM EDT2018-06-12 18:25:37 GMT
    ADOT says drivers should avoid driving through a dust storm in the first place. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)ADOT says drivers should avoid driving through a dust storm in the first place. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    ADOT says drivers should avoid driving through a dust storm in the first place. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)ADOT says drivers should avoid driving through a dust storm in the first place. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Drivers should try to avoid driving through a dust storm in the first place.

    Drivers should try to avoid driving through a dust storm in the first place.

  • Tucson fire crews practice swift-water rescues ahead of monsoon

    Tucson fire crews practice swift-water rescues ahead of monsoon

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 10:57 AM EDT2018-06-12 14:57:26 GMT
    (Source: KOLD News 13)(Source: KOLD News 13)

    Crews of first responders have been practicing swift-water rescues for the past couple of months at washes across Tucson.

    Crews of first responders have been practicing swift-water rescues for the past couple of months at washes across Tucson.

  • Tucson makes sandbags available ahead of monsoon

    Tucson makes sandbags available ahead of monsoon

    Monday, June 11 2018 3:50 PM EDT2018-06-11 19:50:27 GMT

    The City of Tucson wants to help residents prepare for monsoon 2018. 

    The City of Tucson wants to help residents prepare for monsoon 2018.

  • Protecting your pets as the temperatures rise

    Protecting your pets as the temperatures rise

    Sunday, June 10 2018 10:18 PM EDT2018-06-11 02:18:08 GMT
    (Source: KXXV)(Source: KXXV)

    As the temperatures start to rise, a local veterinarian is beginning to see more patients.

    As the temperatures start to rise, a local veterinarian is beginning to see more patients.

  • As temperatures rise, baby Cooper's hawks fall

    As temperatures rise, baby Cooper's hawks fall

    Thursday, June 7 2018 4:41 PM EDT2018-06-07 20:41:27 GMT
    A young Cooper's Hawk with feathers and white down showing. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)A young Cooper's Hawk with feathers and white down showing. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)

    As temperatures rise in southern Arizona, you may start to see more young Cooper's hawks on the ground. In most cases, the babies will be just fine as long as you leave them alone.

    As temperatures rise in southern Arizona, you may start to see more young Cooper's hawks on the ground. In most cases, the babies will be just fine as long as you leave them alone.

  • On the skids: Worn tires and wet roads put drivers at risk

    On the skids: Worn tires and wet roads put drivers at risk

    Thursday, June 7 2018 11:51 AM EDT2018-06-07 15:51:55 GMT
    Thursday, June 7 2018 11:51 AM EDT2018-06-07 15:51:55 GMT
    What AAA now dubs as worn tires used to be considered OK to drive on. (Source: AAA)What AAA now dubs as worn tires used to be considered OK to drive on. (Source: AAA)

    What AAA now dubs as worn tires used to be considered OK to drive on.

    What AAA now dubs as worn tires used to be considered OK to drive on.

  • FloodsMore>>

  • Death, washed-out roads amid flooding in Upper Midwest

    Death, washed-out roads amid flooding in Upper Midwest

    Monday, June 18 2018 4:00 PM EDT2018-06-18 20:00:18 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 5:14 AM EDT2018-06-19 09:14:44 GMT
    (Carlton County Sheriff’s Office via AP). This photo provided by the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office shows damage to Highway 23, southwest of Duluth, Minn., Sunday, June 17, 2018. Lines of thunderstorms crawled across northern Minnesota and northern Wi...(Carlton County Sheriff’s Office via AP). This photo provided by the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office shows damage to Highway 23, southwest of Duluth, Minn., Sunday, June 17, 2018. Lines of thunderstorms crawled across northern Minnesota and northern Wi...
    Widespread flooding in parts of northern Wisconsin blamed for at least one death.
    Widespread flooding in parts of northern Wisconsin blamed for at least one death.
  • Midwestern states endure flash flooding, heat wave

    Midwestern states endure flash flooding, heat wave

    Sunday, June 17 2018 5:04 PM EDT2018-06-17 21:04:04 GMT
    Monday, June 18 2018 12:02 AM EDT2018-06-18 04:02:21 GMT
    Thunderstorms crawled across northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin after flooding washed out roads and highways, and a heat wave sent temperatures into the high 90s elsewhere in the Midwest.
    Thunderstorms crawled across northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin after flooding washed out roads and highways, and a heat wave sent temperatures into the high 90s elsewhere in the Midwest.
  • Huge flash flooding hits Oklahoma City

    Huge flash flooding hits Oklahoma City

    Thursday, June 7 2018 8:17 PM EDT2018-06-08 00:17:48 GMT
    Thursday, June 7 2018 8:17 PM EDT2018-06-08 00:17:48 GMT
    The National Weather Service says life threatening flash flooding is likely. (Source: KOCO/CNN)The National Weather Service says life threatening flash flooding is likely. (Source: KOCO/CNN)

    Up to three inches of rain fell in a short period, and the storm was expected to continue to pound the region.

    Up to three inches of rain fell in a short period, and the storm was expected to continue to pound the region.

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