Southwest U.S. Monsoon Season Technical Summaries

The summer thunderstorm or 'monsoon' season in the southwest U.S., including Arizona and New Mexico, provides precipitation that is critical in supporting local eco- and agricultural systems that depend on the summer moisture. Summarizing monsoon season precipitation activity for drought monitoring or climate impact assessments is typically done through monthly or seasonal totals. This approach is quick and simple, but provides limited insight into how monsoon thunderstorm activity delivered precipitation to the region throughout the season, including the frequency and intensity of rainfall events. Gauging the intensity (heavy vs. light events), timing (early vs. late season activity) and distribution (frequent or infrequent bursts and breaks in activity) of precipitation events through the summer season can complement monthly and seasonal totals in assessing monsoon season precipitation as a whole. 

Technical summary plots were created for several stations across the region with high-quality long-term records. Email Mike Crimmins to inquire about plots for additional stations or if you have any questions or suggestions on the plots. 

 

Companion monsoon maps posted here: Arizona & New Mexico

 

A guide to interpreting the plots can be found by clicking here.

Summary Plot Station Locations

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Links to station plots

Station Name

Current Plot

All Plots

Time Series History

ALBUQUERQUE INTL AP

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ANIMAS 3ESE

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AZTEC RUINS NM

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BLUE RIDGE RS

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BOUSE

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BRIGHT ANGEL RS

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CANYON DE CHELLY

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CASA GRANDE NM

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CHINO VALLEY

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CORDES

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CORONADO NM HQ

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DOUGLAS BISBEE INL AP

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EL PASO INTL AP

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FLAGSTAFF PULLIAM AP

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GILA HOT SPRINGS

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HAPPY JACK RS

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KITT PEAK

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LOS ALAMOS

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MIAMI

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MONTEZUMA CASTLE NM

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NOGALES 6 N

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ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NM

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PETRIFIED FOREST NP

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PHANTOM RANCH

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PHOENIX SKY HARBOR INTL AP

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PIPE SPRINGS NATL MON

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PLEASANT VALLEY R S

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PORTAL 4 SW

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PRESCOTT

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ROOSEVELT 1 WNW

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SAFFORD AGRICULTRL CTR

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SAINT JOHNS

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SELIGMAN

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SHOW LOW AP

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SPRINGERVILLE

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TACNA 3 NE

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TOMBSTONE

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TUCSON 17 NW

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TUCSON INTL AP

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VAN HORN

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WALNUT CREEK

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WHITE SANDS NATL MON

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WICKENBURG

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WILLCOX

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WILLIAMS

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WINSLOW MUNI AP

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YUCCA 1 NNE

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YUMA WSO AP

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Other SW monsoon season resources:

 

Climate Science Applications Program - University of Arizona Cooperative Extension 

 

Last Updated: 06/20/17 2017 The Arizona Board of Regents. All contents copyrighted. All rights reserved.