Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Not yet

There's a period in Arizona we affectionately call "the Monsoon". Natives and newcomers associate it with the coming of rain after months of drought. I drove through what was nearly a downpour yesterday. There was more falling today and the skies were very threatening.

But I heard a fellow from the National Weather Service saying this was not the monsoon. It might get wet in Northern Arizona for a couple of days but it was a couple of months too early for the monsoon.
Incidentally, "monsoon" really has nothing to do with moisture, though rain usually accompanies it. A monsoon season just means that the prevailing winds have shifted direction.


  1. Learn something every day on the net!!
    I have tagged you for some questions... please dont feel obligated, but you usually have good answers.

  2. We have enough rain here for everyone. You're welcome to some of it.

  3. I can't wait for monsoons! My favorite part of the year. The rain these past few days is just a tease. :)

  4. Meggie - Uh-oh. I'll have to examine those questions!

    Steve - We can always use some of your rain.

    Tombo - Yes, me too. I opened the door this morning and could smell moisture in the air, even though nothing was reaching the ground yet.