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  • Dust detection and warning system may be in operation by fall 2018

    Dust detection and warning system may be in operation by fall 2018

    Monday, June 12 2017 7:38 PM EDT2017-06-12 23:38:34 GMT
    (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)(Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)

    Arizona Department of Transportation engineers are working on the design now, focusing first on a 10-mile stretch from Picacho Peak to Eloy.  

    Arizona Department of Transportation engineers are working on the design now, focusing first on a 10-mile stretch from Picacho Peak to Eloy.  

  • Car experts offer advice for monsoon maintenance

    Car experts offer advice for monsoon maintenance

    Monday, June 12 2017 7:51 PM EDT2017-06-12 23:51:27 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.

  • City officials respond after 4th Avenue flooding

    City officials respond after 4th Avenue flooding

    Friday, July 21 2017 11:04 AM EDT2017-07-21 15:04:47 GMT
    Tucson High Magnet School football field empty after it flooded on Wednesday.  (Source: Tucson News Now)Tucson High Magnet School football field empty after it flooded on Wednesday. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    Monsoon storms rolled through downtown Tucson so fast and furiously, that the city's drainage couldn't keep up, according to Tucson Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Mike Graham.

    Monsoon storms rolled through downtown Tucson so fast and furiously, that the city's drainage couldn't keep up, according to Tucson Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Mike Graham.

  • 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
    Thursday, July 20 2017 11:04 AM EDT2017-07-20 15:04:28 GMT

    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.

  • MAPS: Check on power outages in your area

    MAPS: Check on power outages in your area

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 8:10 PM EDT2017-06-22 00:10:07 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.

  • 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 14 2017 11:31 PM EDT2017-06-15 03:31:33 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.

  • 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
    Monday, June 12 2017 8:26 PM EDT2017-06-13 00:26:13 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.

  • Safety Tips: How to survive dust storm while driving

    Safety Tips: 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.

  • 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.

  • Monsoon 101: How to deal with those 'creepy crawlers'

    Monsoon 101: How to deal with those 'creepy crawlers'

    Friday, July 17 2015 7:47 AM EDT2015-07-17 11:47:32 GMT
    Monday, June 12 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-06-12 23:33:08 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. 

  • Monsoon 101: Why should you get flood insurance?

    Monsoon 101: Why should you get flood insurance?

    Monday, June 12 2017 7:00 PM EDT2017-06-12 23:00:33 GMT

    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. 

  • 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
    Monday, June 12 2017 6:57 PM EDT2017-06-12 22:57:49 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. 

  • 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
    Monday, June 12 2017 6:44 PM EDT2017-06-12 22:44:06 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.

  • Monsoon 101: Why do we say 'Monsoon'

    Monsoon 101: Why do we say 'Monsoon'

    Friday, June 9 2017 8:43 PM EDT2017-06-10 00:43:24 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".

  • 'This is awesome' Tagging along with a storm chaser

    'This is awesome' Tagging along with a storm chaser

    Friday, June 9 2017 8:24 PM EDT2017-06-10 00:24:35 GMT
    Storm chaser Greg McCown and Tucson News Now anchor Craig Thomas set up for a photo shoot. (Source: KOLD News 13)Storm chaser Greg McCown and Tucson News Now anchor Craig Thomas set up for a photo shoot. (Source: KOLD News 13)

    When the Monsoon roars through southern Arizona, storm chasers head out to try to get the best pictures.

    When the Monsoon roars through southern Arizona, storm chasers head out to try to get the best pictures.

  • Monsoon 101: What is the 'Stupid Motorist Law'?

    Monsoon 101: What is the 'Stupid Motorist Law'?

    Monday, June 16 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-06-17 03:25:08 GMT
    Friday, June 9 2017 8:22 PM EDT2017-06-10 00:22:52 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    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.

    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.

  • Monsoon 101: Arizona Haboobs

    Monsoon 101: Arizona Haboobs

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 1:07 PM EDT2014-06-17 17:07:33 GMT
    Friday, June 9 2017 8:21 PM EDT2017-06-10 00:21:30 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: 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
    Friday, June 9 2017 7:44 PM EDT2017-06-09 23:44:29 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

  • Tracking the rise and fall of floods

    Tracking the rise and fall of floods

    Monday, September 15 2014 1:38 PM EDT2014-09-15 17:38:27 GMT
    Wednesday, June 29 2016 12:54 PM EDT2016-06-29 16:54:25 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.

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

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    Wednesday, May 13 2015 10:54 AM EDT2015-05-13 14:54:22 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?
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  • Greece: Search continues for 6 still missing in flash floods

    Greece: Search continues for 6 still missing in flash floods

    Friday, November 17 2017 5:28 AM EST2017-11-17 10:28:59 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 12:32 PM EST2017-11-17 17:32:11 GMT
    Rescue crews are searching for six people missing from deadly flash floods that killed at least 16 near Athens, as new storms hit the capital.
    Rescue crews are searching for six people missing from deadly flash floods that killed at least 16 near Athens, as new storms hit the capital.
  • Greeks clean up, mourn after floods kill 16; 4 still missing

    Greeks clean up, mourn after floods kill 16; 4 still missing

    Thursday, November 16 2017 4:38 AM EST2017-11-16 09:38:29 GMT
    Thursday, November 16 2017 10:57 PM EST2017-11-17 03:57:36 GMT
    Greece's fire department says rescue crews are searching for six people reported missing in the western Athens area following major flash flooding that left at least 14 people dead.
    Greece's fire department says rescue crews are searching for six people reported missing in the western Athens area following major flash flooding that left at least 14 people dead.
  • The Latest: Death toll from Greece floods rises to 16

    The Latest: Death toll from Greece floods rises to 16

    Thursday, November 16 2017 5:28 AM EST2017-11-16 10:28:26 GMT
    Thursday, November 16 2017 11:18 AM EST2017-11-16 16:18:33 GMT
    Greece's fire department says rescue crews are searching for six people reported missing in the western Athens area following major flash flooding that left at least 14 people dead.
    Greece's fire department says rescue crews are searching for six people reported missing in the western Athens area following major flash flooding that left at least 14 people dead.
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