Welcome Back, NAM - We Hardly Knew You
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
The North America Monsoon (NAM) showed up this evening delivering us a 1/2 inch of rain that was desperately needed. The best part about this iniital storm in my mind is the timing. Our last big year for monsoon rainfall was in 2006 where we received 3x the usual amount of rain and it started just two days earlier (June 22nd). The earlier that the NAM begin can indicate that water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of California are warmer than usual. Warmer water in those regions has been correlated to larger monsoon rainfall for the Southwest. The foreseeable forecast has a chance of moisture just about everyday which should make our thirsty garden shift into overdrive mode. Man did we need this rain.