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Marana, Oro Valley, Golder Ranch Fire offering sandbags to residents

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The Towns of Oro Valley and Marana, as well as Golder Ranch Fire District are offering free sandbags to residents who need to protect their homes. According Oro Valley and Marana officials, a limited number of sandbags are available to residents of both towns; residents within the Golder Ranch Fire District service area are also eligible. 

Flash Flood Watch through Thursday; get a breakdown of the threat

Source: Jack Suman Source: Jack Suman
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There are some things that are certain with the coming rain. You WILL get rain at some point over the next three days. There WILL be flooding in some areas of Southeast Arizona. There WILL be rain records broken. 

Rural/Metro offers its tips for storm safety

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With Tucson expecting to be hit with heavy rains over the next few days, thanks to now tropical storm Odile, Rural/Metro is offering a few tips to help the public stay safe during this possible flooding. 

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  • Monsoon 101: Madden-Julian Oscillation

    Monsoon 101: Madden-Julian Oscillation

    Thursday, June 26 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-06-26 17:20:10 GMT
    A wave of tropical energy called the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) can affect monsoon action here in Arizona.  The MJO originates in the Indian Ocean and then travels east, across the Pacific Ocean.
    The MJO originates in the Indian Ocean and then travels east, across the Pacific Ocean. This wave enhances tropical storm in the ocean waters off the west coast of Mexico. This can them ramp up the monsoon in Arizona. 
  • Monsoon 101: Funnel clouds and monsoon storms

    Monsoon 101: Funnel clouds and monsoon storms

    Thursday, June 26 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-06-26 16:48:47 GMT
    During the Monsoon, funnel clouds sometimes greet southern Arizona, creating a unique spectacle in the sky. When the Monsoon flow, which comes from the tropics, is moving very rapidly, wind aloft will
    Creating a spectacle in the sky, monsoon storms can sometimes spawn funnel clouds. Here's why and how.
  • Tornado? NO! It's a Gustnado!

    Tornado? NO! It's a Gustnado!

    Thursday, June 26 2014 12:45 PM EDT2014-06-26 16:45:33 GMT
    A viewer caught on camera what appears to be a gustnado in Pinal County on Monday.  Check out the See It, Snap It, Send It below.  A gustnado may look like a tornado, but it forms a bit differently.  A
    A gustnado forms with the help of gusty storm winds blowing out ahead of the storm.
  • Why is dew point important to the monsoon?

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    Wednesday, June 18 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-06-19 03:08:03 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?
  • Monsoon 101: Gulf Surges

    Monsoon 101: Gulf Surges

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 1:10 PM EDT2014-06-17 17:10:04 GMT
    Surges of moisture up the Gulf of California, through Rocky Point and into Arizona help enhance Monsoon storm development. They happen when clusters of thunderstorms or even dying tropical systems get
    Gulf surges help enhance rainfall in Arizona. Here's how they form.
  • Monsoon 101: Mogollon Rim Storms

    Monsoon 101: Mogollon Rim Storms

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-06-17 17:09:29 GMT
    When storms from the Mogollon Rim aim toward Tucson, they frequently bring with them damaging wind. Unlike a "typical" Monsoon day, where storms are moving very slowly, when the "Mogollon Rim" pattern
    Here's how some of the most destructive Monsoon storms form.
  • Monsoon 101: Wet Microbursts

    Monsoon 101: Wet Microbursts

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-06-17 17:08:28 GMT
    Microbursts are made of wind rushing down to the ground. Once the wind hits the ground, it spreads in all directions. Wind speeds in a microburst can be 60-100mph, damaging roofs, snapping trees and knocking
    Wet microbursts typically happen in late July and August, leaving flooding and damage in their wake.
  • Monsoon 101: Dry Microbursts

    Monsoon 101: Dry Microbursts

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-06-17 17:08:06 GMT
    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
  • Monsoon 101: Arizona Haboobs

    Monsoon 101: Arizona Haboobs

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 1:07 PM EDT2014-06-17 17:07:33 GMT
    "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!
  • What is the 'Stupid Motorist Law'?

    What is the 'Stupid Motorist Law'?

    Monday, June 16 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-06-17 03:25:08 GMT
    Many of us have heard about the 'Stupid Motorist Law'. I know the basic theory of the law, but the exact wording was not something I had looked into recently.  I decided to post what the law says because
    Check out See It, Snap It, Send It video of two trucks driving through a flooded wash and find out why, even if they did get stuck, they would not be charged with the law.
  • Why do we say 'monsoon'?

    Why do we say 'monsoon'?

    Friday, June 13 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-06-13 17:09:12 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: Setting up the Monsoon

    Monsoon 101: Setting up the Monsoon

    Thursday, June 26 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-06-26 16:42:36 GMT
    By Erin Jordan - bio | email | Facebook | Twitter TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - To begin the North American Monsoon, there needs to be two key features in place in the atmosphere. The first is the Monsoon High.
    To begin the North American Monsoon, there needs to be two key features in place in the atmosphere.
  • Monsoon 101: The Inverted Trough

    Monsoon 101: The Inverted Trough

    Thursday, June 26 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-06-26 16:40:43 GMT
    Inverted troughs, also known as easterly waves in the tropics, are one of the factors that increase the chance of monsoon storms.  Tracking hurricanes in both the Atlantic and East Pacific, you will notice
    The inverted troughs that reach eastern Mexico travel west over the country with the tip of the inverted trough sometimes close enough to southern Arizona to increase afternoon storm chances.
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  • Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

    Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:02:42 GMT
    A weakening Tropical Storm Odile pushed up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula early Tuesday, dumping heavy rains that could bring dangerous flash floods and mudslides but also a potential boon to the...
    The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.
  • Hurricane Odile lashes the Baja Peninsula

    Hurricane Odile lashes the Baja Peninsula

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-09-16 04:07:16 GMT

    Thousands of tourists and locals are hunkered down riding out Hurricane Odile.

    Thousands of tourists and locals are hunkered down riding out Hurricane Odile.

  • Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

    Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:41:16 GMT
    Hurricane Odile raked the Baja California Peninsula with strong winds and heavy rains early Monday as locals and tourists in the resort area of Los Cabos began to emerge from shelters and assess the damage.
    Odile weakened to a tropical storm Monday night after blazing a trail of destruction through Mexico's Baja California Peninsula that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels, and left entire...
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