|Photo of lightning in the Sonoran desert (Ajo, AZ) by Fred Wasmer Photography http://fredwasmer.com/w1369-6a5c-97d52.htm|
It’s September and time for the official NOAA designated North American Monsoon season. The time when rain comes to the desert regions in the U.S. and Mexico—often providing half of normal rainfall totals for the year in the timespan between July and September.
The North American monsoon can be a natural aid to firefighters. Summer temperatures in Arizona regularly reach more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, making wildfires difficult to contain. The North American monsoon is also the primary water source for most desert ecosystems in the region.
Thanks to YouTube there’s a brief posting on exactly what is the North American Monsoon. Click here.
For those of us who miss rain—the following is a brief photo essay reminding us not to forget our umbrellas: