The North American Monsoon.

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Our plan was simple: explore Utah’s canyons from the air. The monsoon had other ideas.

Okay, I’ll admit, I had no idea there was a North American Monsoon. Its very existence was hotly debated through much of the 1970’s, but meteorologists now accept that the southwest of the U.S. is annually affected by a legitimate monsoon. A shift in summer wind patterns under intense solar heating draws low level moisture from the Gulf of California and upper level moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. The result, deluges in the desert, flash flooding and one grounded AirCam.

Sticking to a schedule, Bob and Cathy headed due east towards Oklahoma, avoiding the storms and marking the end of the”West from Above.”

Thanks for following along. Thanks also to Bob, Cathy and Melinda for an eye-opening exploration of the west.

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Grounded by rain?

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According to the US Drought Monitor, most of the western U.S. is experiencing extreme to exceptional drought conditions. Farmers across California are drilling for groundwater, and in Tonopah, Nevada (the middle of the desert), the Aircam is grounded by massive thunderheads rolling through the landscape, belching thunder and lightning along the way. Apparently it’s not an uncommon sight at this time of year; this is the monsoon season.

Watching and waiting, Bob finds a way through the abstract patterns on the weather radar and turns the plane south to Lake Mead, where water is once again sparse. Currently at its lowest level since filled in the 1930’s, the Hoover Dam’s problems are written in a white mineral band often compared to a bathtub ring. 

Maybe it’s time to stop watering the golf courses?

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