With the arrival of Monsoon season in Colorado and Arizona all eyes are toward the sky as the state experiences an onslaught of wildfires. Rainfall from monsoonal thunderheads can make a huge difference in containment of existing blazes and can help prevent the likelihood of yet more fires by saturating the ground with moisture. Grand Junction based National Weather Service Meteorologist Paul Frisbie says monsoons come from the atmosphere and coast of Mexico, pushing their way across Arizona with much of the moisture typically tracking south of 4-Corners and Cortez.
Frisbie says that the Sonoran Desert is the wettest desert in the world and that’s due to monsoons. He adds that Monsoon season typically dies outs by late September and early October.