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Arizona Monsoon Coverage

The 2021 monsoon brings much needed rain to drought-stricken Southern Arizona. As of the third week of July, Tucson has received more rain than during the entire 2020 monsoon season. Keep up with the latest weather and monsoon coverage from the AZPM newsroom, and explore more stories and videos from current and past seasons. Video News Support local journalism

Monsoon season's toll on Southern Arizona roads

Following months of monsoon activity, roadways throughout the region are undergoing repair.
September 10, 2021

Monsoon’s arrival delivers record rainfall in Tucson

More than seven inches of rain fell in July.
July 30, 2021

UA climatologist hopeful monsoon will arrive in early July

Precipitation shortfalls over the last year has exasperated drought in the region.
June 18, 2021

Monsoon Mushrooms

Tucson has a growing mushroom community and some of its fans say Mt. Lemmon has a huge variety of species, some of which can be harvested for consumption.
October 1, 2018

The Smell of Rain

The monsoon brings much needed rain to southern Arizona. For one member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, the rains are a sacred connection to the land and her ancestors.
August 31, 2017

Monsoon Rescue

When the monsoon rains put people in harm’s way, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Unit responds.
August 31, 2017

El Dia de San Juan

Each year, on June 24th,the Tucson community comes together to celebrate the Monsoon and the birthday of St. John the Baptist.
August 31, 2017

The Desert Blooms in a Bountiful Monsoon.

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September 1, 2021

Measuring the Monsoon.

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August 11, 2021

July was wettest on record for Tucson

Drought persists but recent rain has impact across Arizona
July 29, 2021

Flash flood watch through Saturday

NWS predicts 2006-style rainstorms into the weekend.
July 22, 2021

Frequent rain sets 2021 monsoon off to a fast start

Southern Arizona can expect more precipitation through mid-July.
July 13, 2021

Insects benefiting from early monsoon rains

Termites and mosquitoes are among those going through seasonal life cycles.
July 8, 2021

Game challenges forecasters to predict monsoon

UA researchers created an online competition similar to fantasy football.
June 23, 2021

Monsoon or nonsoon? Hard to say

Forecasters say chances are even for good or bad monsoon this year.
June 8, 2021

Much of US Southwest left parched after monsoon season

Weather forecasters say the upcoming winter likely won't make up for the precipitation deficit.
October 2, 2020

Lots of heat, little rain in Tucson

Less than an inch of rain when we usually have nearly four inches.
August 18, 2020

Monsoon helps quench Bighorn Fire

Scarred landscape will present a flooding hazard for months.
July 23, 2020

Monsoon in Southern Arizona officially starts this week

It is monsoon awareness week.
June 15, 2020

Challenges with predicting the monsoon

A discussion with UA climatologist Michael Crimmins.
July 26, 2019

Monsoon finally settling in, with more rains to come

The next couple weeks could hold even more promise for summer moisture.
July 25, 2019

Weather patterns lining up for late-coming monsoon

The Weather Service has forecast thunder and rain storms each day this week.
July 17, 2019

Will Water Return to Tucson's Washes?

A group hopes to restore running water to the city's watershed.
September 25, 2018

4 More Weeks of Monsoon, Tucson Has Beaten Normal Rain Totals

Tucson has received more than six inches of rain since the monsoon began, and much of Southern Arizona has surpassed normal totals.
September 4, 2018

Weather Service: Heavy Flood Potential Through Friday

Moist and unstable air mean flooding is possible anytime, anywhere.
August 22, 2018

Monsoon Lightning Zaps Tucson Weather Radar Tower

Forecasters used work-arounds during weekend thunderstorms.
August 14, 2018

Meteorologists Expect Relief From Drought Conditions for Arizona

Monsoon rains and El Niño weather pattern are expected to bring the Southwest closer to normal conditions.
July 30, 2018

Mt. Graham Visitors Urged to be Weather Aware

Flash flooding risk is high after last year's fire.
July 26, 2018

Drought Remains, But Rains Put Dent in Southwest Fire Danger

While monsoon can act as a "shut-off valve" for wildfire, much of the West continues to experience drought conditions.
July 25, 2018

Monsoon Moisture Leads to Drop in Fire Restrictions

Various agencies will lift the restrictions starting on Friday, thanks to seasonal precipitation.
July 12, 2018

Lightning-Sparked Blazes Mean Decisions for Fire Managers

Naturally occurring fires can be managed for some benefit, but often must be extinguished for safety concerns.
July 9, 2018
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