Monsoon season now brings more extreme wind and rain to central and southwestern Arizona than in the past, according to new research led by the University of Arizona.
The official start of the monsoon was June 15, but widespread activity started relatively late this year, especially in southern Arizona. There, numerous storms in mid-July brought widespread and frequent precipitation activity, boosting the percent normal monsoon precipitation in several locations. New Mexico had a comparatively earlier start to monsoon activity, which is expected given the typical spatiotemporal progression of the monsoon, and has seen more steady and widespread monsoon activity, as evidenced by the percent of days with rain.
Zack Guido, program manager and research scientist for the UA's International Research and Applications Program, is interviewed about Arizona's rainy season.
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