Posts Tagged ‘Rain’

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

Join SW Trekking for an adventure to the summit of Mt Wrightson.

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Hiking to the summit of Mt. Wrightson during a Monsoon thunder storm looming from the east.


Beautiful array of flowers along your hike to the summit of Mt Wrightson.


Amazing view from the top of Mt Wrightson.  At an elevation of 9,453 feet, your able to see into Mexico from the summit on a clear day.


Monday, November 14th, 2011

Doesn’t happen often, but it does happen on a rare occasion. And today was one of those foggy days. As we were walking on the morning hike at the Marriott, when all of a sudden we were flodded with a dense layer of fog as it came rolling up the hills from the valley floor. And while it doesn’t last long, the dew collected on the spines of cactus does help hydrate the plants, as well as provide moisture to birds and animals. So luckily I had my camera, and was able to take a few photos of this rare occurance.   All this fall moisture should help us have some colour in the spring.  

It’s Rained!!!!!

Friday, July 8th, 2011

And not a moment too soon. The monsoons have offically started with three consecutive days with a dew point of 55 and higher, and we have had some pretty impressive thunderstorms move through.  These almost tropical storms are dropping lots of rain onto a very dry and thirsty landscape, which have helped extinguish some of these seemingly endless wild fires.

Another awesome thing that’s happened due to these storms is that the Santa Catalina Mountains are open to the public again!!!! This is great news for any Tucson local who enjoys hiking, biking, or rock climbing. So give us a buzz, let us take you to new places. 

Where is the rain?

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

It’s been a long time since we have seen any rain around here, and it’s starting to take its toll on everything. I feel like I’m drying out just like everything else here in the desert. The leaves have started to turn on the Cat Claw Acacia and Mesquite trees, the Rubber Bush and Ocotillo’s have shed their leaves, the sages and Brittle Bush desintergrate when you touch them and the Saguaros have slimmed down, even the animals look thirsty.

This is a good time of the year though, great temps and plenty of sun. If we could only get a little rain to knock the dust down and firm up the trails then everything would be perfect. We also need some rain for the spring flowers. So lets keep our fingers crossed and do a rain dance.

I would also like to wish Mr. Barker good luck on his new road to ride. See you on the dirt and dusty trails.

Rain or Shine, the Sonoran Desert is Alive.

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

We finally got some rain!  And I stress the word finally, because our monsoons this year were a little weak, and we are under our average amount of precipitation.  In any event, it finally rained on us in Tucson.  And hopefully, with the El Nino year upon us, we will see some more.

 I’m not the only one who is excited about the rain.  Wildlife all over the desert are relishing in this new moisture.  Hopefully these past few storms have produced enough rain to get the Ocotillo, Brittle Bush, and Tri-Leafed Bush Sage to leaf up in the next few days.  The Saguaro’s are also quite happy, as they start to plump up with all the extra water.  Let’s hope that the recent rains will also be enough to get our wild flowers to germinate.

 The local animals will also be very happy about the rain.  Some species that will be especially happy are Gila Woodpeckers, Thrashers, Mule Deer and the Desert Tortoise, as these rains are the only times they can drink water in abundance.  During these storms, and right after, are excellent times to get out and try and find some wild life that would otherwise be operating on a nocturnal schedule.  I went for a short hike this morning out in the Tucson Mountains and was rewarded with sightings of Bobcat, Mule Deer, and Javalina.

 The higher elevations are receiving snow during these winter storms, which means snow melt in the near future, which in turn means more water.  This snow will hopefully be enough to fill our washes and canyons, and again provide a very important refuge for our wildlife.

 So don’t be scared of the rain, embrace it and get outside.  Not only are the crowds down and the animals out, but you also get the wonderful experience of seeing and smelling the desert in its finest form. 

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Winter is Coming

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Over the past few weeks the Tucson area has seen a mesurable amount of rain, These winter rains are generally more gental, and occur for longer durations than the monsoons, doing a better job of soaking the soil. These rains, especailly in November and early December, start the germination process for many species of wild flowers. (If you are trying to grow wildflowers in the Tucson area, now is the time to get them planted.) With some luck and more rain, we will see the benifit of this precious moisture late Febuary and into March with wonderful displays of wildflowers and Palo Verde trees blooming.

With rain in the valey, we can also expect snow in the higher elevations of our surrounding mountain ranges. This snow is extreemly important for both the high country and the desert. As the snow melts, it will collect in rivers and basins, eventually feeding our canyons which are dry most of the year. A few amazing places to view these temporary rivers are Sabino Canyon, Mila Grossa Canyon, Auga Caliente Canyon and Ventanna Canyon. These rivers supply gallons upon gallons of fresh water to the repairin vegitation growing on the banks, as well as animals found at all elevations in the Sonoran desert. Make sure to tread lightly around these precious streams as many species relay on them to survive.wash