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Monsoon 2013 is done! How did it stack up?

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According to the Tucson National Weather Service (NWS) this was the 6th warmest and 20th driest monsoon for the city. However, many towns and cities surrounding Tucson measured above average rain. 

Monsoon drops drought in Arizona

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Monsoon downpours eliminated drought across over 30% of the state.

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  • Dramatic river rescue in '84 led to swift water rescue training

    Dramatic river rescue in '84 led to swift water rescue training

    Monday, September 23 2013 9:24 AM EDT2013-09-23 13:24:55 GMT
    Despite the warnings to stay out of flooded roadways, trained rescuers pluck people from the rushing water every year.  One dramatic rescue 30 years ago on the Canada del Oro Wash in Oro Valley led to
    Despite the warnings to stay out of flooded roadways, trained rescuers pluck people from the rushing water every year.  One dramatic rescue 30 years ago on the Canada del Oro Wash in Oro Valley led to
  • Record breaking monsoon for Bisbee-Douglas Airport

    Record breaking monsoon for Bisbee-Douglas Airport

    Thursday, September 12 2013 11:09 AM EDT2013-09-12 15:09:01 GMT
    The monsoon hit the Cochise County international border hard this year with frequent heavy downpours flooding washes and roads.   At the Bisbee-Douglas Airport 16.25" of rain fell since June 15th, the
    With over 16" of rain since June 15th, 2013 is the wettest monsoon on record for the airport. 
  • What is the 'Stupid Motorist Law'?

    What is the 'Stupid Motorist Law'?

    Thursday, August 29 2013 9:36 PM EDT2013-08-30 01:36:04 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 is dew point important to the monsoon?

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    Thursday, August 15 2013 10:48 AM EDT2013-08-15 14:48:03 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
    Today and Saturday, there is enough moisture and energy in the air to give some areas of Arizona a chance of monsoon storms.
  • Tornado? NO! It's a Gustnado!

    Tornado? NO! It's a Gustnado!

    Tuesday, July 23 2013 12:12 PM EDT2013-07-23 16:12:23 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.
  • Tracking the rise and fall of flash floods

    Tracking the rise and fall of flash floods

    Thursday, July 11 2013 10:07 PM EDT2013-07-12 02:07:10 GMT
    Flash Flood Warnings are issued for an area by the local National Weather Service Office.  In Tucson, that office is located on the University of Arizona campus.  The meteorologists on duty at the time
    The extremes of flash floods can be seen on streamflow gauges located across the area.
  • Why do we say 'monsoon'?

    Why do we say 'monsoon'?

    Thursday, June 13 2013 5:48 AM EDT2013-06-13 09:48:36 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 Links: Stay safe during severe weather

    Monsoon Links: Stay safe during severe weather

    FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICTS Pima County Regional Flood Control District http://rfcd.pima.gov/ Santa Cruz County Flood Control District http://www.co.santa-cruz.az.us/flood/DFIRMS/dfirms.html Cochise County
    Find out here how you can get the latest severe weather alerts to your mobile phone and e-mail, along with links to rain totals in your backyard, safety tips for when floods, thunderstorms, and dust storms hit, plus where to send you own pictures and video of the monsoon.
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  • Monsoon 101: Mogollon Rim Storms

    Monsoon 101: Mogollon Rim Storms

    Tuesday, July 10 2012 3:08 AM EDT2012-07-10 07:08:38 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: Funnel clouds and monsoon storms

    Monsoon 101: Funnel clouds and monsoon storms

    Wednesday, July 4 2012 11:18 PM EDT2012-07-05 03:18:47 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.
  • Monsoon 101: Arizona Haboobs

    Monsoon 101: Arizona Haboobs

    Thursday, June 28 2012 12:12 AM EDT2012-06-28 04:12:32 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!
  • Monsoon 101: Gulf Surges

    Monsoon 101: Gulf Surges

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 6:20 PM EDT2012-06-12 22:20:08 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: Wet Microbursts

    Monsoon 101: Wet Microbursts

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 12:55 AM EDT2012-06-12 04:55:22 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 12 2012 12:52 AM EDT2012-06-12 04:52:28 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: Setting up the Monsoon

    Monsoon 101: Setting up the Monsoon

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 11:21 AM EDT2012-06-12 15:21:57 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

    Wednesday, June 13 2012 1:26 PM EDT2012-06-13 17:26:10 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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