Monsoon Season in Tucson

Monsoon Season in Tucson Arizona

They Occur Every Year in Tucson AZ – Here’s Why!

Monsoon season tucson arizonaWhat is “monsoon season in Tucson”? A frequent question we hear from our clients.

The word monsoon originates from the Arabic word “mausim”. It means season.

Traders on the waters off the Arabian and Indian coasts saw dry northeast winds in the winter. But with summer, the winds turned to the southwest.

That change brought torrential rains to the Asian landmass. Rains that were a benefit to the area.

These wind shifts are the mechanism for the monsoon in southern Arizona. For a most of the year, low level winds of Tucson’s Sonora desert regions tend to blow from the land toward the sea. Sea being either the Gulf of California or Gulf of Mexico.

Monsoon Season

The official monsoon season in Tucson AZ is from June 15 to September 30. During this period prevailing winds switch from the west to the southeast.

That wind shift brings moisture from the Gulf of California and Gulf of Mexico. Increased moisture means a higher dew point.

Most of Tucson’s summer days begin clear and very warm. As the day progresses, giant clouds develop and tower high into the sky and above the mountains.

As the clouds rise, their temperatures cool. Cooler temperatures combined with higher relative humidity creates the possibility for rain. Rain that often-dumping huge quantities of rain in a very short time in a very concentrated area. This summer rain period are the monsoons!

The monsoon season “cloud bursts” create strong winds, lightning and flash flooding.

Flash floods occur as rain comes off the mountains and channels into the washes in the foothills. As the water accumulates, it becomes deeper and moves faster. Real Fast!

The Desert Thrives

The summer monsoon season in Tucson AZ, also trigger the appearance of many animals. For example, many amphibians emerge above ground and begin their hasty breeding period.

These small creatures also search out the large colonies of ants and termites. Dinner is served!

The welcomed rains of the monsoon signal a second desert wildflower growth in the surrounding Sonora desert. Ocotillo change from spinney sticks to green leaved and flowering bushes.

The Tucson monsoon season rains also stimulate many “summer” wildflowers and shrubs in bloom throughout the desert .

It Doesn’t Rain Every Day

The monsoon season does not produce thunderstorms every day. Instead, patterns known as “bursts” and “breaks” occur.

“Bursts”, create disturbances in the upper atmosphere. Which in turn push thunderstorm activity over the state. These condition will last for a period of a few days to more than a week.

As the disturbances continue, a “Bermuda” high may develop over northwestern Mexico. This leads to “breaks” in the monsoon.

This cycle of “bursts” and “breaks” continues throughout the monsoon season.

As cooler air returns in September, monsoon season comes to an end. At the end of September, the fabulous fall period and pleasant winters begins. Weather that makes Tucson AZ a sought-after winter retreat.

Considering A Home in Tucson, AZ?

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The monsoon season is an annual event in Tucson and Southern AZ. Residents love it.

Afternoon rains awake the desert beauty and feed the saguaro. Monsoons also bring a fantastic lightning show. It is something to behold.

One more thing, monsoon season rains also create haboobs in the Phoenix area, but not in Tucson. The mountains surrounding prevent the winds and rolling dust from starting.

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