POSTED: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 11:13am
The National Weather Service offices of the Southwest United States have declared this week to be Monsoon Awareness week. The Monsoon is basically a change in wind direction that leads to a "rainy" season. Officially the monsoon season kicks off June 15th and runs through September 30th. However this does not mean rain will begin falling on June 15th. One has to be prepared anytime during the season. As you may recall from previous years, the El Paso and Las Cruces areas can get pretty impressive storms and rain amounts during this time of year. In addition to this, lightning is more frequent, along with dust induced by thunderstorm downbursts, flash flooding, hail, and even the isolated tornado or two. Right before and during the early part of the Monsoon Season is also the time we see our hottest temperatures.
Below are some of the important dangers that the monsoon may bring and ways on how to protect yourself. For more information on Monsoon Awareness Week and the North American Monsoon you can click on the following links.