Arizona is known mostly for its warm, sunny weather, but it may be of surprise to you that Arizona also has some wild weather. During late spring, the weather starts out hot and dry, but beginning around mid-June, wind patterns shift and moisture gets drawn from the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of California, and even the Gulf of Mexico. When this happens, the humidity and dew point rise, triggering these exciting storms.
Typically, monsoon weather is “spotty” in that one side of the valley can be clear and sunny, while the other is experiencing lightning and thunder. The storms also tend to be a very short duration, lasting as little as a few minutes but having major impact such as flash flooding. You will also find that most of these storms occur in the late afternoon and early evening, because the heat of the day will spark thunder clouds to form.
One of the most unique monsoon storms to experience in Arizona is the dust storm, or “haboob,” Arabic for the word blown. Haboobs are giant walls of dust that range in height between 1,500 and 3,000 feet and can be as wide as 100 miles. These storms can completely black out the sun making it momentarily difficult to see just a few feet away.
Of course, when you see these storms coming, it is best to seek shelter and watch from the safety of the indoors. Plan your next meeting at the IACC certified Tempe Mission Palms, and enjoy special rates during the summer. Attendees will enjoy the cool, comfortable rooms and perhaps be treated to an awesome Arizona monsoon!