Welcome to another Southern Utah monsoon season. Tom Robbins describes our monsoon season here perfectly. Although it’s not at all what his book is about.
“And then the rains came. They came down from the hills and up from the sound. Rain poured for days, unceasing. Flooding occurred. The wells filled with reptiles. The basements filled with fossils. Moisture gleamed on the beak of the raven. Rain hissed on the freeway. Soaking. Spreading. Penetrating. And it rained an omen. And it rained a poison. And it rained a pigment. And it rained a seizure.”― Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction
What is a monsoon and why does it have its own season?
Monsoons are an increase in rainfall from an extremely dry June to a rainy July over large areas of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. During the monsoon season, ominous thunder clouds are fueled by daytime heating and build up during the late afternoon-early evening. Typically, these storms dissipate by late night, and the next day starts out fair, with the cycle repeating daily. These summer storms typically last until mid-September when drier and cooler conditions are reestablished over the region. (thank you Wikipedia)
Southern Utah monsoon season can be extremely dangerous, cleansing, furious, violent, refreshing, cooling, raging, frantic, exhilarating, invigorating, energizing, unstable, beautiful and even deadly. That’s a lot of adjectives for something so powerful.
The dark clouds loom over Bryce Canyon National Park
As you can see when the rains come, some canyons can become a death trap. Even if it rains 50 miles away, these canyons turn into something cataclysmic.
Here you can see the rage of the waters coming down a once calm serene space. Southern Utah monsoon season is nothing to laugh at. It can be a very unsafe time if you aren’t prepared (or have someone who knows what to do) for the destruction that one of these rains can cause.
The Southern Utah Monsoon season is generally from July to September. There have been times when you could almost set your watch by the rains. One of the benefits of the monsoons is that when it is absolutely stifling outside, the rains come and the temperature can drop as much as 30 degrees.