From: University of Arizona
Published July 21, 2017 08:11 AM

Monsoon Storms Fewer but More Extreme

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.

Although there are now fewer storms, the largest monsoon thunderstorms bring heavier rain and stronger winds than did the monsoon storms of 60 years ago, the scientists report.

"The monsoon is the main severe weather threat in Arizona. Dust storms, wind, flash flooding, microbursts — those are the things that are immediate dangers to life and property," said co-author Christopher Castro, a UA associate professor of hydrology and atmospheric sciences. 

The researchers compared precipitation records from 1950-1970 to those from 1991-2010 for Arizona. They also used those records to verify that their climate model generated realistic results.

Read more at University of Arizona

(Photo: John Holsenbeck / National Weather Service)

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy

2017©. Copyright Environmental News Network