Posts Tagged ‘Monsoons’

Sonoran Sunrise

Friday, July 14th, 2017

The summer monsoon storms create the most breathtaking views!

Seeing the morning sun ascend over the Santa Catalina Mountains after a night of monsoon storms is inspiring, yet not entirely captured in photos.

The best way to experience this in it’s splendor is an early morning hike or a bike ride, mountain or road.

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service offers professional, knowledgeable hiking and biking guides, bicycle rentals, trail support, and shuttles to the trailhead of your choice.

Southwest Trekking

520.296.9661 

www.swtrekking. com

 

 

Morning Monsoon Mist

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Our Summer Monsoons have arrived!

The summer monsoons transform the Sonoran Desert practically overnight, bringing many living creatures a much anticipated and refreshing relief to help get thru the extreme summer temperatures Arizona is famous for.

The monsoon season also reveals some of the most beautiful scenes in nature. This picture was taken in the Tucson Mountain Park during this morning’s hike by one of Southwest Trekking’s Professional Guides.

The light mist, the aroma of the creosote Bush and the beautiful views made for a perfect hike.

The monsoons bring beauty and life but also some danger. Having a professional guide that knows the region is always advised in order to enjoy your experience safely.

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service

520.296.9661

 

 

 

 

 

Ready for Monsoons!

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

 

Just kidding there aren’t really tornados. Well maybe a couple of rare sightings here and there. The monsoon is our rainy season here in Arizona. There may not be tornados, but there will be hellacious storms going on all around while your little patch of neighborhood is sunny. Just like Mr. Theunis Wessels in the photo, you’ll be “keeping an eye on it” while doing your chores, walking your dog, hiking, or riding your bike. It really is a beautiful time of year for us here in the Sonoran desert. Sit up on a high point and watch the lightning storms electrocute the valley bellow. The afternoons in the summer finally become bearable and cool off. It really is amazing. I can’t wait!

For more on Mr. Theunis Wessel’s story click here

Weather

Friday, August 27th, 2010

It was raining this morning, and that was a real treat. I even got to use my windshield wipers!

As these monsoon storms roll into town, animals break their nocturnal cycle, insects and mosquitoes start to emerge, and washes begin to flood. Here in the desert, flash flooding and cloud to ground lightning are common occurrences during our intense summer storms. There are a couple things you can do to stay safe during the monsoon season.

  • Watch the weather, and keep an eye on the sky.  These monsoon storms build quickly, and often with little warning.  Always better to see it coming then being caught by surprise.
  • If it’s raining, or looks like it may be raining somewhere in the distance, stay out of washes or dry riverbeds.  As water sheds off of hills and collects in canyons and riverbeds, it will move down hill at rather fast speeds.  There sometimes can be a literal wall of water that contains debris such as stones and vegetation which can cause serious damage.  It doesn’t need to be raining on you, often times it’s when a localized thunder storm up hill from you that will cause a wash to fill. 
  • Lightning is probably the most dangerous element to you.  Our summer monsoons are often very busy with electrical activity.  I’m sure you have seen what happens when a tree or cactus is struck by lightning, and we wouldn’t want that to happening to us.  If you hear thunder, than you are at risk of lightning strikes and it doesn’t even need to be raining.  If you are caught in a storm, try and seek shelter in a low laying place.  Avoid tall objects such as buildings, trees, and Saguaro’s.  If you have any metal objects on you like a water bottle, watch, or jewelry, you should remove those items and store them somewhere away from where you’ll be seeking shelter as the metal can conduct electricity. 

The monsoon season is a wonderful time of the year, with vegitation and animals both taking a much needed drink in this very dry desert.  It is a great time to get out and expierience the natural world, just be wise and carful when it comes to our storms.  Happy trails.

www.swtrekking.com