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Yearly Monsoon May Bring Rain To KELOLAND

July 6, 2012, 5:17 PM by Scot Mundt

Yearly Monsoon May Bring Rain To KELOLAND

KELOLAND is looking for rain and there are indications that we can benefit from the annual monsoon in the Southwest United States.

Arizona is located in an area of the United States that experiences a monsoonal circulation. Sometime at the end of June or beginning of July winds shift from a west or northwest direction to a south or southeasterly direction. This allows moisture from the Gulf of California and the Gulf of Mexico to stream into Arizona, eventually leading to rain.

The monsoon circulation doesn't create rain everyday.  But it occurs in a pattern that has what are known as "bursts" and "breaks".

During the "bursts," storm systems focus rain over Arizona for a period of a few days to more than a week.  This is when KELOLAND is dry.  A burst will most likely happen next week.

During "breaks" in the monsoon, the southerly winds decrease and the atmosphere becomes less likely to produce rain. This too may last a day to close to a week.  This is when the moisture and energy travel in the central and northern plains, giving KELOLAND a chance for rain.  We are at the end of a "break" right now.

The cycle of "bursts" and "breaks" will continue until the end of the monsoonal circulation, which is typically in September.  This is when cold fronts move across Arizona, changing their winds to a northwesterly direction, not favorable for moisture.  In the meantime, hopefully the monsoonal circulation will help bring more rain to KELOLAND.

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