Every year Arizona is subject to a variety of severe weather in association with the annual southwest monsoon. The period from June 15th through September 30th has been declared the monsoon season based on climatology. During this period, humidities across the state increase dramatically and lead to an onset of thunderstorm activity across the higher terrain. This in turn causes a variety of severe weather including lighting (which can spark wildfires), hail, high winds, flash floods, dust storms and extreme heat.
National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters predict weather conditions and may issue watches, warnings or advisories. For more information on the National Weather Service, visit their website at: http://www.weather.gov
A good way for the public to get comprehensive weather and emergency information is through National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio (NWR). The NWR is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you already have a NOAA weather radio, now is a good time to ensure your NOAA weather radio is available and stocked with fresh batteries so that you will be ready for severe weather. To learn more about NOAA weather radios, click here: NOAA weather radio.
This is also a good time to locate and check your flashlights - make sure they have fresh batteries. At the same time, check your smoke detector(s), carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguishers.