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The Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona.

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Heavy Monsoon Rains, Looking North Toward Yarnell Hill, Arizona. Yarnell Is Located To The Top Left Of The Tall Saguaro Cactus. 50 Miles Away, In The Monsoon Clouds. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Heavy Monsoon Rains, Looking North Toward Yarnell Hill, Arizona.
Yarnell Is Located To The Top Left Of The Tall Saguaro Cactus.
50 Miles Away, In The Monsoon Clouds.
August 25, 2008. 6:34 P.M.

Light Monsoon Rains, Looking South West From Yarnell Hill, Lookout Point. On Highway 89. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Light Monsoon Rains
Looking South West From Yarnell Hill, Lookout Point. On Highway 89
August 08, 2008. 7:45 P.M.

One of the first things about Arizona, to suprise newcomers, is the fact that we have Monsoon Storms during the Months of Late June through Early September.

The name "monsoon" is derived from the Arabic word "mausim" which means "season" or "wind-shift". Since the Arizona summer storm is a seasonable wind shift, it is truely a Monsoon.

Until 2008, the operational criterion for the onset of the "monsoon" conditions used in Arizona was defined as, "a prolonged (3 consecutive days or more) period of dew points averaging 55°F" or higher." Then in 2008 the definition was changed to make it simpler to understand. By using this new system, weather scientists hope to raise the awareness on storm safety - i.e. dust storms, lightning and flash floods. According to this National Weather service's new calendar method, the Arizona Monsoon season will start on June 15 and end on September 30 of every year.

The Monsoon Rains in Arizona are caused by what is called the North American Monsoon or (NAM). It occurs from late June or early July into September. It originates over Mexico and spreads into the southwestern United States by mid-July. It affects Mexico along the Sierra Madre Occidental as well as the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, West Texas, and California. The North American monsoon is also known as the Summer, Southwest, Mexican, Desert, or Arizona Monsoon.

The North American Monsoon, first shows up in scientific literature in 1949. Dr. Ronald Ives from the University of Indiana called it the “Sonoran Monsoon.” I guess you could call him the father of the Arizona Monsoon.

Then researchers in the 1950's started using the term Arizona Monsoon, and by the early 1960s, the term, Arizona Monsoon, was working its way into the local television weather reports.

These Seasonable Storms were not called Monsoons by the residents of Arizona until about the early 1980's. Now, in 2008, we rarely hear them called anything else.

George remembers that when he was growing up in Glendale, everyone just called them Dust Storms! And that they were!

In the mid morning we would begin to see white to dark clouds gathering in the far distant mountains. Then at about 5:00 P.M. to maybe as late as 8:00 P.M.; we would see that the white clouds had turned into heavy dark clouds. Then, here would come a solid wall of dust, being blown by a strong wind. Usually the storm would be blowing from the south to the north. It would come from directly over South Mountains, in the Phoenix area. If it came from the east to the west, we knew we were in for a strong storm. Usually, the ones from the south were not as strong. The dust would raise up to about 3,000 feet into the air. After the dust would pass, then here would come the rain, thunder, and lightning! Sometimes, the rain would be so heavy that it would cause flooding to the local washes. In any case it cleaned the air and washed things down. Sometimes, it would only wet down the dust that had just blown through and muddy down everything. This would usually calm down by about midnight, only to start all over again, the next day.

Here is a brief explaination about the dust storms that we observed. They are created by the same conditions as in the sandstorm formations (Haboob) as in the Sahara desert (typically Sudan), as well as across the Arabian Peninsula.

The southwestern deserts of Arizona, also experience haboobs. During thunderstorm formation, the winds move in a direction opposite to the storm's travel, and they will move from all directions into the thunderstorm. Then when the storm collapses, and begins to release rain, the wind directions reverse, moving outward from the storm and generally moving the strongest, in the direction of the storm's travel.

When this downdraft, or "downburst", reaches the ground; dry, loose, sand from the desert blown upward, creating a wall of dust, preceding the storm cloud. This wall of dust can be up to 62 miles wide and to 3,000 feet in elevation. At their strongest, haboob winds can travel at 20-30 mph, and they may move into an area with little to no warning.

As much as 70% of rainfall in our area occurs during the Summer Monsoon. Many of our desert plants are adapted to take advantage of this brief wet season. Therefore, these monsoons affect the flowering of our plants during and after the monsoon rains, as well as, in our spring flowering season. Because of the monsoons, the Sonoran and Mojave deserts have many beautiful wildflowers and unusual plants.

Several weather people say that our monsoons are not as strong as they used to be. Some say they are changing in the direction that they travel as they move through the Phoenix area. They say that is proof of climate change.

Well George would say that is probably not true. The change is that he has seen with his own eyes is that the vacant farm land has now been covered with asphalt, and large cities. Then during the day they absorb heat which rises creating a local movement of air upward. This causes the storms to move around these hot spots, thus moving the direction of the storms. It's really a no brainer.

Yarnell, Arizona is located on the Highway 89, Scenic Route to Prescott, Arizona. Yarnell is also listed as one of the communities to visit along the American Heritage Trail route. There is a link to the Yarnell Chamber Of Commerce at the bottom of this page.

While this page features the Monsoons of Yarnell, Arizona; we have included some dust storms of the Phoenix area. Due to Yarnell's elevation; Yarnell is usually not affected by the dust storms. But, sometimes the dust clouds will fall into Yarnell at its 4,800 foot elevation! Yarnell is also not as severely hit by the Summer Monsoons, as is the Phoenix area.

We are showing some of the local road damage from the storms. These photos are 7 hours after the storm passed, so you can see how fast the water drained away after the storm.

We thought that we might show some of these storms on our page. We hope you enjoy our efforts!

White To Dark Clouds Gathering In The Far North Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Monsoon Storm Clouds Are Beginning To Form In The Morning. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
White To Dark Clouds
Gathering In The
Far North Distance
The Monsoon Storm Clouds
Are Beginning To Form
In The Morning
By 1:00 PM Dark Clouds Are Gathering In The Far North Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.By 1:00 PM Dark Clouds Are Gathering In The Far North Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
By 1:00 PM Dark Clouds
Are Gathering In The
Far North Distance
By 1:00 PM Dark Clouds
Are Gathering In The
Far North Distance
By 5:00 PM The Storm Clouds Are Getting Darker In The Far North Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.By 5:00 PM The Storm Clouds Are Getting Darker In The Far North Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
By 5:00 PM The Storm Clouds
Are Getting Darker In The
Far North Distance
By 5:00 PM The Storm Clouds
Are Getting Darker In The
Far North Distance
By 6:00 PM The Storm Clouds Are Getting Darker In The Far South Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.By 6:00 PM The Storm Clouds Are Getting Darker In The Far South Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
By 6:00 PM The Storm Clouds
Are Getting Darker In The
Far South Distance
By 6:00 PM The Storm Clouds
Are Getting Darker In The
Far South Distance
By 6:00 PM The Storm Clouds Are Getting Darker In The South West Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.By 6:00 PM The Storm Clouds Are Getting Darker In The South West Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
By 6:00 PM The Storm Clouds
Are Getting Darker In The
South West Distance
By 6:00 PM The Storm Clouds
Are Getting Darker In The
South West Distance
By 7:00 PM The Storm Clouds Are Getting Darker In The East Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.By 7:00 PM The Storm Clouds Are Getting Darker In The East Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
By 7:00 PM The Storm Clouds
Are Getting Darker In The
East Distance
By 7:00 PM The Storm Clouds
Are Getting Darker In The
East Distance
By 7:30 PM Lightning Flashes In The West Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.By 7:30 PM Lightning Flashes In The West Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
By 7:30 PM
Lightning Flashes In The
West Distance
By 7:30 PM
Lightning Flashes In The
West Distance
By 10:30 PM Lightning Flashes In The West Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.By 10:30 PM Lightning Flashes In The West Distance. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
By 10:30 PM
Lightning Flashes In The
West Distance
By 10:30 PM
Lightning Flashes In The
West Distance
The Monsoons Wash Out Many A Desert Road Near Yarnell, Arizona. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.The Monsoons Wash Out Many A Desert Road Near Yarnell, Arizona. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
The Monsoons Wash Out
Many A Desert Road
Near Yarnell, Arizona
August 26, 2008
The Monsoons Wash Out
Many A Desert Road
Near Yarnell, Arizona
August 26, 2008
The Monsoon Washes Empty Into Dry Streambeds Near Yarnell, Arizona. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.The Monsoon Washes Empty Into Dry Streambeds Near Yarnell, Arizona. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
The Monsoon Washes
Empty Into Dry Streambeds
Near Yarnell, Arizona
August 26, 2008
The Monsoon Washes
Empty Into Dry Streambeds
Near Yarnell, Arizona
August 26, 2008
The Monsoon Storm Brought Hail To Yarnell, Arizona. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.The Monsoon Storm Brought Hail To Yarnell, Arizona. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
The Monsoon Storm
Brought Hail To Yarnell, Arizona
August 26, 2008. 10:00 AM
The Monsoon Storm
Brought Hail To Yarnell, Arizona
August 26, 2008. 10:00 AM
The Beginning Of A Phoenix Phoenix Arizona Dust Storm. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.The Beginning Of A Phoenix Phoenix Arizona Dust Storm. Monsoon Rain Storms Of Yarnell, Arizona, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
4:00 PM The Beginning
Of A Phoenix Dust Storm
August 25, 2008
4:00 PM The Beginning
Of A Phoenix Dust Storm
August 25, 2008

Links To Local Features & Attractions

Yarnell Businesses & Services Rich Hill & Weaver Placer Gold
Yarnell Shrine Of Saint Joseph Yarnell, Arizona, Main Page
Wild Birds Of Yarnell, Arizona Butterflies & Moths Of Yarnell, Arizona
Flora Mae Park, Riparian Area Bugs Of Yarnell
Nancy Seriani, Yarnell Author Animals Of Yarnell

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