Nikon D802008/07/01 19:32:01.3JPEG (8-bit)
NormalImage Size: Large (3872 x 2592)ColorLens: VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 GFocal Length: 78mmDigital Vari-Program: LandscapeMetering Mode: Multi-Pattern1/125 sec - F/6.3ExposureComp.: 0 EV
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Skywatch Friday: The Monsoon in Arizona
A Monsoon is described a seasonal shift in the wind. Here in Arizona, it is when the prevailing winds shift from the west, northwest to the south, south east. On these winds the tropical moisture from the Gulfs of Mexico and California ride bringing us daily thunderstorms and humidity. Until this year the Monson was always marked by three consecutive days of a dew point of 54 degrees or higher. However, this year the National Weather Service has decided on a more fixed measurement. For the first time ever the official Monsoon starts on June 15 and ends on September 30th. Any rain that falls during that time period will be attributed to Monsoon rain.
For us, it really doesn’t change anything. The monsoon starts and ends when it wants to, and the rain falls where it will. During the Monsoon we have the most exciting skies of the year as thunderstorms roll in and curtains of rain fall. A Monsoon sunset is spectacular and never the same twice. This week’s Skywatch photo was taken Tuesday night, July 1 during one of those storms.
To see More Skywatch Friday photos just visit our host, Old Wom Tigly at Wigger's World.
To see my other Skywatch post visit my art and Poetry blog: Kathie’s Poet Tree.
To see Gus’ Skywatch Friday post visit Gusto!