As monsoon storms grow stronger, county works to keep San Tan park trails safe for visitors

County supervisors will vote in late February on whether to increase park entry fees, with extra revenue to go to park maintenance     For the 500 miles of trails in the Maricopa County Park system, increasingly destructive monsoon storms are causing more erosion, more damage and potentially more costly repairs. Researchers predict the summer […]

SRP is prepared to handle summer monsoons

  As the monsoon season continues to hit the Valley, Salt River Project is prepared to handle the heat and storms. SRP’s transmission, distribution, generation and planned energy purchases are equipped to serve the increased summer demand and summer monsoons. SRP plans for the summer heat and storms throughout the year by maintaining its transmission […]

Queen Creek has sandbags available in case of possible storms

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for this evening and a flash flood warning through the evening of Monday, July 17. Travel should be avoided during heavy rainfall, when possible; if travel is unavoidable, do not drive through flooded roadways or go around barricades. In anticipation of today’s storm, as well […]

Novices can learn the ins and outs of their mountain bike during beginner’s ride

Learn more about monsoons during lunchtime learning, summer desert events   Come by San Tan Mountain Regional Park 7-9 a.m. Saturday, July 8, for a beginner mountain bike ride among the San Tan Mountains hosted by San Tan Bikes. This 5.5-mile ride is open to all ages and skill levels. Local experts will be available […]

ASU weather expert: The current heat spell is needed for the monsoon

Will this week’s high temperatures make it into the record book? Can we top 122 F? We don’t know yet, but as we move through this extreme heat spell, one thing is for certain, the unpredictability of the weather means records will continue to fall, says Randy Cerveny, an Arizona State University president’s professor in […]

Busy season for area storm spotters starts June 15

“Here in the southeast Valley, you can see for miles. We can see storms coming from very far away. At the same time, we can see the storms building up over the mountains to give indicators of what weather is to come. Not having trees and forests to contend with makes spotting storms a bit […]

Stay aware, be prepared during monsoon season, Queen Creek officials advise

Monsoon Awareness Week is June 11-16, but it’s important to be prepared throughout the season, June 15-Sept. 30. Monsoons bring thunderstorms, dust storms and flash floods that are typically short in duration, but develop quickly and leave a lasting impression. While each aspect of a monsoon can present different hazards, it is important to know […]

MCDOT asks drivers to remain vigilant when driving during the monsoon 

As the monsoon officially kicks off on June 15, the Maricopa County Department of Transportation reminds drivers to put safety first while driving in a storm. The National Weather Service defines June 15 through Sept. 30 as “the monsoon”; however, in Maricopa County, storms typically arrive later in the summer so officials encourage residents to […]

Monsoon men – Queen Creek’s Garcia and streets team prepare for summer storms

  Monsoon storms can create havoc on a community, with water pooling on roadways, washes flowing, power outages and debris along the sidewalks and roadways. The town of Queen Creek’s streets division within the Public Works Department is preparing to respond during emergencies, day or night, according to a press release. In preparation for the […]

Monsoon Awareness Week reminds Arizonans of storm dangers

  Towering haboobs, dense dust storms, flash flooding and blinding dust channels. These are some of the dangers Arizona drivers face during monsoon season. The Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Public Safety, National Weather Service and other agencies are reminding drivers during Monsoon Awareness Week — June 12-17 — how to stay safe […]