The monsoon season in El Paso usually lasts from June through September. It’s the time of year that can bring heavy rainfall and humid air throughout the summer months. With the increase in accumulated ground moisture in the usually dry Chihuahuan Desert, the chances of flash flooding dramatically increase.
El Paso has had at least two record-breaking amounts of rainfall so far this year alone with yesterday taking the mark for the 24th highest rainfall event ever in the Sun City.
Yesterday's rain total in El Paso was — 1.93 inches, enough to cause flooding in parts of El Paso which caused cars to be submerged, and even stacked on top of one another.
El Paso’s office of Emergency Management reminds all El Paso motorists to — Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
Fortunately, there were no injuries reported yesterday during the water rescue efforts that took place.
Yesterday's rain totals were the second highest this year so far behind the rainfall totals on June 27-28 which was — 2.08 inches.
The number one record amount of rainfall ever to fall in the city of El Paso, TX (during recent times) remains during the storm of 2006 which caused major damage to many parts of town. That storm produced the highest amount of rainfall between July 31 and August 1st accumulating — 3.52 inches.
Besides the danger from flash flooding, and high water accumulated on El Paso roadways there are a few other precautions to take during the summer monsoon season.
El Paso is likely to see an increase in the number of mosquitoes during the monsoon season. The heavy rainfall leaves behind standing water. That water that's left behind from rain provides the ideal place for mosquitoes to lay eggs to survive and hatch. Try to empty, or dry areas of standing water, or containers that may be filled with water around your home.
The humidity during the rainy monsoon season in El Paso can also bring unwanted and unusual mold inside homes and areas that are not well ventilated. The areas may even be hidden from view (inside walls, or attic space). In visible area, if you notice any mold, disinfect the area, and try to ensure adequate ventilation to dry it out.
The beauty of monsoon season in El Paso.
A combination of beauty and danger was on full display this past 4th of July here in El Paso as the night sky was transformed by both man and Mother Nature. With fireworks displays across the city combined with a lightning storm from the July rains.
The summer rains are usually a welcome sight from farmers, and is a sign of the growth to come in the farm valley’s of El Paso, and Southern New Mexico. Barring the accumulation of “too much” rain, or any disasters occurring, it can bring a beautiful change to our region.
Despite the dangers, the monsoon season in El Paso can also offer a different view of the usually hot and dry Sun City. The mesquite in the desert landscape turns to a more vibrant green. The poppies that didn’t bloom in the spring in time for the poppy festival are showing signs of life, especially in Northeast El Paso. Even the Franklin Mountains can start to look more green than brown as they soak up the rain.
The Chihuahuan Desert Garden and Nature Trail located in Northeast El Paso, at the base of the Franklin mountains offers a spectacular view of the effects that the monsoon rains has on our desert home.
Let me know what you think about the monsoon season in El Paso. Do you like the summer rain?
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