Local

September 6, 2013

Monsoon brings it! Dust, rain, light show

Tags:
Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Lightning strikes over the White Tank Mountains Aug. 26 during a thunderstorm as seen from the end of the runway. Residents of Luke Air Force Base and the surrounding area were treated to nature’s light show, high winds and heavy rain.

The blue skies quickly turn to a steel gray, the wind starts to whip around with such force trees bend and sometimes break, lightning streaks the skies and the clouds dump all their water in a few short minutes. This is an Arizona monsoon storm.

Luke Air Force Base recently had its share of these summer storms as the past two weeks have been filled with rain and even some damaging winds.

“What happened last week was typical of normal monsoon seasons, but quite atypical of our so far quiet season,” said Senior Airman Justin Kellner, 56th Operations Support Squadron weather journeyman. “This year, up until now, has been quite dry, with few storms developing enough to cause problems for the base.”

Arizona monsoon season starts June 15 and runs through Sept. 15 and happens by a combination of weather here and in Texas.

“The monsoon weather is caused by a high pressure system over Texas,” Kellner said. “Air circulation around this high brings a large amount of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf of California into the otherwise dry Southwest. The moisture combined with the heat and the mountains causes the thunderstorms to develop.”

But the last few weeks have not been ordinary for Luke.

“Aug. 26 was a different matter,” Kellner said. “There was a large influx of moisture into our normal pattern from the leftovers of tropical storms Fernand and Ivo. This enhanced an already charged pattern and gave it the extra boost needed to cause a significant event for the base and the surrounding areas.”
During monsoon the National Weather Service releases tips to help those in areas affected by the weather.

According to the National Weather Service website there are a few things to watch out for during monsoon. The things to watch for are dust storms, downbursts and damaging winds, flash floods, heat, lightning, fires, and last, but seldom thought of for this area, tornados. The National Weather Service puts out warnings for all these events and suggests people keep up to date on weather conditions during the season.

“Check weather forecasts before leaving for extended periods outdoors,” the NWS website said. “Always keep an eye to the sky and watch for signs of approaching storms. If a storm is approaching, keep an AM/FM radio with you or a cell phone capable of browsing the web. If a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect, be mindful that they develop quickly. When a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued, outdoor activities should be postponed as this is your best way to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Pg-1-photo

Chief of staff visits Luke

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, spent time meeting with Airmen and leadership Monday at Luke Air Force Base. Welsh highlighted Airman health, wellness and quality of life activities. He also...
 
 

Mentoring fosters dreams, strengthens us

A few days ago while reading an online commander’s call, I came across an article dated Dec. 31, 2014, stating President Obama proclaimed the month of January 2015 National Mentoring Month. Although this topic is thoroughly discussed in our Air Force today, I felt compelled to write on its importance all the same. In a...
 
 

Have you joined the Air Force yet?

I enlisted into the Air Force in February of 1997. However, I didn’t join the Air Force until March of 1999. No, I’m not talking about the Delayed Enlistment Program. There was no doubt that after high school I would attend college. However, not having applied for any scholarships and realizing that I didn’t have...
 

 
Courtesy photo

Prevention training goes face-to-face

Courtesy photo Maj. Jennifer Tomlinson, Air Education and Training Command Medical Readiness Division deputy chief, serves as facilitator during the AETC Medical Services and Training directorate annual Air Force Suicide Preven...
 
 
Senior Airman
JAMES HENSLEY

Thunderbolt looks to future

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Maddie Baker, 56th Dental Squadron acting commander secretary was an Air Force Honor Guard member prior to crossing over to the dental field. As the commander’s secretary, she plays a piv...
 
 

Tuskegee Airmen commemorated

The Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of Tuskegee Airman Inc. celebrated the 2nd Annual Tuskegee Airman Commemoration Day with a wreath ceremony Wednesday at the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park. The Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day is the result of legislation signed into law by former Arizona Governor Janice Brewer in 2013 and is the first such law...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin