Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Monsoons are Coming

The North American Monsoon is a weather phenomenon that the populations of the Southwestern US look forward to and rely on for moisture and fire control. It occurs when solar heating of the terrain creates a low pressure trough that pulls moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico and brings it into the desert southwest. The result is rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon of most days. In many places, the monsoon provides a substantial part of the area's total yearly rainfall. I hope we have a very wet, fire-free season this year.

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