Monsoon Safety - Storm Safety Resource Guide
Each summer the Fairacres-Picacho Fire District endures the
annual return of the Monsoon. This seasonal variation of weather
patterns gives the area a much needed rainy season and a reprieve
from bone dry conditions. However, this weather pattern does not
always bring gentle rains and cooler temperatures. It often
results in flash flooding, deadly lighting, hurricane force
winds, and damaging hail.
The Fairacres-Picacho Volunteer Fire Department has assembled
this Storm Safety Resource Guide to educate residents
about the dangers of Southern New Mexico's summer storm season.
You will find information about thunderstorm and lighting
safety, flood emergencies, links to the areas weather radars,
and disaster preparedness information.
What is the monsoon?
A monsoon is generally defined as a seasonal variation of wind, cloud cover and precipitation that is controlled by the annual cycle of the sun. In climates that are strongly influenced by monsoons, most of the annual precipitation is received during the monsoon season.
Portions of the southwest United States, including New Mexico, are influenced by the North American Monsoon System (NAMS), which is also referred to as the Southwest Monsoon. Many locations in New Mexico receive 40 to 50 percent of the annual precipitation during the period from July 1 through August 31 and much, but not all, of the summer rainfall can be attributed to the Southwest Monsoon.