High pressure unpacked it's bags a few weeks ago and has been hanging around here like a bad house guest that has overstayed it's welcome. You know, going through your fridge, hogging the remote, keeping the rain away. The typical stuff....
But our continued drought-causing problem is actually starting to benefit other parts of the country that are also experiencing horribly dry conditions -- The Desert Southwest. With high pressure anchored in over Texas, moist winds out of the Gulf and Pacific are being steered towards Arizona and, soon, towards New Mexico. We call this Monsoon Season, but more easily thought of as the start of their rainy season.
So if we can't get the rain, might as well be helping someone else who desperately needs it right? Consider this: Tucson, Arizona has seen more rain in the past three days (1.51") than they have had combined in the past 9 months! (Source: @weatherchannel) Rain is finally in the forecast for New Mexico which hopefully will help with ongoing efforts in containing the Los Alamos fire that has been burning for sometime there. In fact, KOB Chief Meteorologist Jason Stiff put the excitement best on twitter on Tuesday by saying: @JasonStiff "It looks promising that a lot more moisture is moving New Mexico's way by this weekend. GO GO GADGET MONSOON!"
So for now we'll sit back and wait for our turn, and hope that our friends to the west can try to blow some of that wet stuff our way. Until then, keep an eye to the sky -- there will be a chance for an isolated thunderstorm or two to form during the hottest part of the afternoon that could bring a brief, cooling shower for a bit over your backyard through the weekend.