Yuma mon­soon sea­son is lit­tle like dat­ing

Sit­u­a­tion of­ten brings lots of flirt­ing, some fun, and ex­plo­sive mo­ments, too

Yuma Sun - - OPINION -

Hello, mon­soon. It feels like we’ve said hello in pass­ing a few times, but this week is the first that we’ve re­ally con­nected this sea­son.

Mon­soons are like dat­ing. One knows that at first, there is a lot of flirt­ing — clouds on the hori­zon, light­ning in the dis­tance, etc. How­ever, the mo­ment passes, and noth­ing re­ally comes of it. Just a bit of cloud cov­er­age and of­ten, an un­rea­son­able amount of hu­mid­ity in the air.

But ev­ery once in a while, the con­nec­tion is made and BOOM. Just like in love, the re­sults can be ex­plo­sive.

Some­times, it’s a great re­la­tion­ship. The wind cools the area down, and we get to en­joy a lit­tle rain. The sun­set is spec­tac­u­lar, and the dam­age is min­i­mal. We feel pretty good about life, be­cause what’s not to en­joy about a lit­tle cool down in the midst of a Yuma sum­mer?

Other times though, that re­la­tion­ship goes south. The winds are dev­as­tat­ing, rip­ping off roofs and flip­ping over canopies. Water floods our garages, and our pools are filled with de­bris. Trees and branches lit­ter the road­ways, and our cars are coated in wet dirt. Power lines snap, trans­form­ers blow up and we swel­ter while we wait for APS to find and fix the prob­lem. The heart­break and stress can be high.

On Tues­day around 11 a.m., the hu­mid­ity was hov­er­ing at 49 per­cent, with the tem­per­a­ture at 90 de­grees. Not the best of con­di­tions, but not the worst af­ter a mon­soon like we saw Mon­day, ei­ther.

Tues­day evening was ex­pected to bring a 30 per­cent chance of show­ers and thun­der­storms, which may or may not pan out into any­thing, so the dance con­tin­ues.

And as the week pro­gresses, those chances drop down to around 10 per­cent, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice re­ports, be­fore fad­ing away on Thurs­day and Fri­day.

But never fear. Come Sat­ur­day, the dance could be­gin again, with the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice call­ing for wind gusts at 20 mph, and a 10 per­cent chance of show­ers and thun­der­storms.

Hope­fully, the mon­soon brings pleas­ant con­di­tions. But just in case, Yuma, be pre­pared to court Mother Na­ture all over again and be safe!


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