Waiting for Monsoon Rains   4 comments

July Sunset-72

July Sunset-2-72July Sunset — Images by kenne

No monsoon

rain

scorch earth

fire

mountain trails

closed

sheltering at home,

still.

— kenne

 

4 responses to “Waiting for Monsoon Rains

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  1. BeautifulšŸ˜€

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  2. Kenne,

    Although the monsoon has still not gone into full bore, the fact is that a few areas of Arizona have gotten at least some moisture. I found an online report yesterday that parts of Mount Lemmon had nearly two inches over the weekend that resulted in a debris flow in the Canada del Oro Wash.

    What seems rather odd is that radar shows rain way out in the desert west of Tucson now for the second morning in a row. So, itā€™s gotta be coming!

    I have been fascinated by the monsoon for many years and have watched it since at least the late 1960s. I have seen many years where July was really wet but then August was dry. Other years I have seen it dry in July but very wet in August. (That might be what happens this year). In a few rare years it stays dry in both July and August which is a real bummer! I hope that doesnā€™t happen this year but you can never tell. I cannot recall that it has ever been really wet in both July and August but that may have happened at some point.

    When I was about six or seven years old, I darn near drowned in the street one time. My next door neighbor friend and I had gone up to the school to play when we got hit by a heavy thunderstorm. It seemed like we were trapped up there under a sunroof for hours but probably it wasnā€™t more than about 20 minutes. Nevertheless, after the rain stopped and we headed for home we had to cross this street that doubled as a wash. It was full up to and over the curbs with a swift current.

    My friend Timmy made it across with his bicycle by pushing it through the swift current. Next I tried but got dizzy out in the middle and fell down. Out of nowhere my mother appeared and pulled me out of there. I am sure if she hadnā€™t showed up I wouldā€™ve drowned.

    About 30 years later in a most bitter irony, my friend Tim lost his first wife in another flash flood way out on the east side somewhere. She was late for work and tried to drive through a badly flooded dip and just didnā€™t make it.

    So, in conclusion, these monsoon flash floods are both a most fascinating and impressive act of nature but they CAN be dangerous, too. So, it pays to be careful. I think there were some campers who had camped in a dry wash a couple of years ago who drowned and the weird thing is, it didnā€™t even rain there where they were. They’d had a very heavy thunderstorm over the watershed further upstream. A “wall” of water came crashing down on them so fast that they didn’t even have time to react. SHEESH ! ! !

    Regards,
    Fred M. Cain

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    • I saw the same report. That rain was more on the northwest side of the Catalinas. There has been a lot of rain east in Cochise Country. I live in the Catalina Foothills, and we have had only a quarter-inch over the last three months. As you know, Mt. Lemmon usually gets twice as much rain as the basin. The forecast is for a lot of rain for the rest of this week — lets hope.

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  3. beautiful and hopefully soon

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