County park presents class on monsoon and more

Lightning, wind and downpours are all a part of the monsoon in Arizona, but the rain that comes with the storms poses a quieter threat – storm water runoff. Welcome to the Summer Monsoon is the title of a program 9-10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, presented in the Visitor Center of the San Tan Mountain […]

After you ‘Pull Aside, Stay Alive,’ what comes next?

You know not to drive into the towering wall of dust. And if a dust channel whips across a highway and engulfs your vehicle, the mantra “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” can lead drivers to safety. But even after pulling aside, one of the most important actions must still be taken – turn off the lights. […]

Workshop provides tips for saving trees from monsoon damage

Monsoon storms will arrive soon in the Valley, and trees can bear the brunt of the high winds and saturated ground. To help protect them and save property owners money from damage and replacement, the town of Queen Creek is conducting a  workshop to show how to avoid common mistakes that contribute to tree failure […]

Officials offer monsoon safety advice

Monsoon Awareness Week, June 10-15, kicks off a season lasting through September that brings dust storms, thunderstorms and flash floods. Monsoon safety tips in a release sent out by Queen Creek officials include: Move inside and avoid travel during storms. If driving during a dust storm with limited visibility, pull off the road and get […]

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 […]