The recent monsoon rain happening in the southwest is determined to put a dent in the extremities of the drought occurring across the region. Places like New Mexico and Arizona are reportedly seeing significant improvements already.
It is expected that over the next couple of days, the threat of the Monsoon rain will diminish across said states as reported by the National Weather Service and the focus will instead be on the southern parts of California like Nevada and Utah.
There were reports of rain in LA early on Monday morning. The monsoon rain as useful as it has proved in destroying the pathetic states of drought, it also poses a threat of dangerous flooding.
The possibility of the heavy rain creating localized areas of flash flooding and leaving urban areas and places with streams as the most vulnerable. There are also possibilities of life-threatening debris being in the monsoon rain.
With threats of flooding, it would be a shock if the monsoon rain isn’t claiming lives, just over the weekend, the flash flood swept away a 16-year-old teenager in Cottonwood, Arizona. The teen, Faith Moore, had been trying to cross over a flooded road in her car, was reported missing by Sunday evening.
The body of a young girl child of 4 who had also been swept away by floodwaters in Arizona was found on Monday morning, three days after she was dragged away by the flood.
The Verde Valley Fire district chief reinforced the warnings of how dangerous the water crossings could be, even when it appeared shallow and warned the public to be careful.
After huge floodings in New Mexico, last week marked the deadliest event that has occurred in recent memory, in Albuquerque. The spokesperson for the Albuquerque fire rescue Lt Tom Ruiz said.
Although, there are slight chances for thunderstorms over California (Northern) and down into Oregon, which includes some of the areas where the Nation’s worst wildfires are raging. The threat of lightning and erratic winds is definitely not good news for the firefighters still battling the blazes out there, the weather services in Sacramento are saying.
Up in Arizona, nearly 90% of the state is experiencing some form of drought, this is according to the US drought monitor whose last update was released on Thursday, 22nd of July, 2021.
The worst of the droughts saw an improvement, across the Southwest over the last week because of the rain, according to CNN, the highest level of the drought fell from 58% to 36% and marked major improvements. More improvements are expected this week, with the current burst of Monsoon moisture the states are experiencing.
Although rain itself is popularly called a Monsoon, the scientific term for it would be a seasonal shift in the direction of the wind. In July, the wind shifts from the usual dryness, heading towards the west, down to the south and towards the southeast, which then taps into moisture from northern Mexico.
The moisture then contributes to the summer thunderstorms that eventually causes flash flooding. A small amount of rain could also be the cause of flooding, as it doesn’t soak into the rock hard and bone dry grounds. Yet, the monsoon aids in providing more than half the annual rainfall to communities in the southwest.
The word Monsoon is derived from Arabic music, which translates to “season” and according to the American meteorological society. Monsoon seasons usually run from July down to September in the southwest.
One can only hope the thunderstorms don’t get too far into the states with wildfires as that can only spell disaster.
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