The monsoon season is on the verge of arrival in Arizona by late June. Temperatures soar into the 100/s and humidity increases as the storms brew. Grasses dry out in the sun and shade is at a premium everywhere. Once the wind picks up and clouds start rolling in you know that the summer storm season is closing in. Arizona braces for the welcome first drops of rain and dreads the damaging storms that follow in the monsoon season.

Monsoon is the name of the large scale weather pattern that takes hold in summer months in Arizona and across many other regions. Monsoons are caused by warm air creating surface low pressure zones that in turn draw moist air from the oceans. Arizona’s westerly winds shift to a southeasterly wind pattern in the summer. This brings moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and California. The wind shift produces storms in a cycle of “bursts” (heavy rainfall) and “breaks” (reduced rainfall).

The North American monsoon season occurs over northwest Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Colorado and Utah. Southeastern Arizona usually experiences stronger winds and the most rainfall. The monsoon season begins on or about June 15 and ends on or about September 30th. The storms in Arizona peak in July and mid-August. Approximately half of the annual rainfall in Arizona occurs during the monsoon season.

In Arizona the level of rainfall can vary between short distances. Mountain areas tend to receive the most rainfall. Downpours are often short and steady rainfall is usually heavy. The heavy rains can cause flash floods and damage homes and businesses. In addition, if moving water picks up debris from fire damaged areas, the combined force of the roiling water and debris can cause mudslides that can wipe out homes, businesses, standing trees and roadways.

Protect your home with adequate insurance for flood and fire damage. When you have a loss, you want the best coverage and the best fire damage and monsoon damage restoration company on your side. Remember to get mold testing and removal scheduled after storm waters invade your home. Contact ASAP Restoration for all your water, fire and monsoon damage restoration work.