Staying Safe During Summer Monsoons

(Published on - 7/19/2018 8:39:01 PM)


In 2008 the National Weather Service decided to declare a monsoon season from June 15 to Sept. 30. The change, at least in part, allows the Weather Service an opportunity to consistently promote its safety messages connected to the monsoon.

The word “monsoon” is derived from the Arabic word “mausim,” which means season. It doesn't refer to individual storms, but to a season.

The monsoon is essentially a change in the weather pattern. Dry winds that typically blow from the west and southwest tend to shift to the south and southeast, bringing up moisture from the Gulf of California.

That moisture, coupled with the heat of summer, fuels the storms.

Through 2007, the start of the monsoon was determined by three consecutive days of average dewpoint temperatures of 55 degrees or higher.

Be prepared

We can’t do anything to prevent the monsoon, but we can prepare.


Sandbags are the best way to divert water from doorways and help to protect your home from flooding during a monsoon storm..

Read the City of Tucson's "Flood and Erosion Hazard Protection" for more information that provides valuable tips should a summer monsoon turn into a more serious flooding situation.

Flood waters on the roads

According to the National Weather Service, nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related.

Never drive into a flooded roadway. It is extremely difficult to estimate the depth of running water or the strength of a current.

Never drive around barricades. They are there for a reason, usually because flooding is anticipated or has already happened. In addition, the road could be damaged and unsafe for drivers.

Never allow children to play around floodwaters or washes. They can be swept away.

It only takes 1 to 2 feet of water to float most vehicles, including SUVs.

Thunderstorms and lightning

If you can hear thunder, then you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

Take shelter in a sturdy building or a hard-topped vehicle. You should remain in this shelter 30 minutes after hearing the last rumble of thunder.

Telephone lines conduct electricity, so avoid using landline phones during a storm.

Metal pipes also conduct electricity, so avoid taking showers and baths or using running water during a storm.

Bring pets indoors.

High winds

Arizona thunderstorm winds often exceed 40 mph and straight-line winds can exceed 100 mph.

Move into a central interior room away from windows to avoid blowing debris that could shatter glass.

If you are driving in high winds, slow down and anticipate steering correction when moving from protected to unprotected wind areas or when encountering large passing vehicles.

Be aware of high-profile vehicles — trucks, semis, buses, campers, or those towing a trailer — because they can be unpredictable during high winds.

Before the monsoon storm hits, evaluate large trees close to your home for potential hazards.

Dust storms

If you are caught in a dust storm while driving, pull off the roadway as far as safely possible. Turn off headlights and taillights, put the vehicle in park, and take your foot off the brake.

With reduced visibility, other drivers behind you could see the brake lights and assume you are driving on the road and follow your lights.

When severe dust storms occur, consider cleaning your smoke detectors. Dust can clog detectors and cause false alarms.

Downed power lines

Across a roadway:

Consider any downed power line to be energized and dangerous. Never touch a downed power line or anything close to it. High voltage can travel through the ground. Stay at least 100 feet away from any downed lines.

Across a vehicle:

If the vehicle is occupied, stay in the vehicle until professional help arrives. Avoid contact with metal surfaces both inside and outside the vehicle. If there is a fire in the vehicle, jump from the vehicle landing on both feet. Hop away, keeping both feet in contact with each other until you are at least 100 feet from the vehicle.

Seller's Market

(Published on - 7/19/2018 8:37:25 PM)
For the first time ever, the median sales price for new construction homes in Tucson hit the $300,000 mark. Increases in materials, mortgage rates and regulatory costs, coupled with labor shortages, has led to the increase.
The cost of resale homes is also rising. The median resale price has increased from $200,000 to $216,500. Lack of inventory has led to homes in certain price ranges receiving multiple offers.
For a recent story about the changes in the housing market, check out this article in the Daily Star.
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Staying Hydrated

(Published on - 7/19/2018 8:35:51 PM)
Staying hydrated is a challenge here in the desert. "2-1-1 Arizona", the state's community information service, suggests drinking 5 to 7 ounces of fluids every 15 to 20 minutes to stay hydrated. That's a lot!! The good news is that you can also meet suggested fluid intake with some of the foods you eat. Fruits and vegetables such as cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, celery, and lettuce help with fluid intake. Adding a lemon or lime to water helps make it just a little easier to swallow!
Tracking water intake is often challenging so knowing the signs of dehydration. Mild dehydration can make you feel lethargic while signs of more severe dehydration includes nausea, headaches, and dizziness.
Tired of drinking water and want something a little more fun? Check out this recipe for a Kiwi Lemonade Spritzer:
3/4 cup sugar
6 kiwis
2 cups lemon juice
1 cup water
1 liter seltzer water
lemon or kiwi wedges
*Puree sugar and kiwi in a blender until smooth.
*In a quart container, stir together the lemon juice and water. Add the kiwi puree and stir. Chill until very cold.
*To serve, pour 1/2 cup of the kiwi mixture into each of 8 tall glasses. Fill with ice and add 1/2 cup seltzer water to fill the glass. Garnish with lemon or kiwi wedge on the rim of each glass.

Memorial Day Murph!

(Published on - 7/19/2018 8:34:47 PM)
The Team loves to stay active and we do so through many different types of activities. We came together this past Memorial Day to honor fallen soldier, Navy SEAL Michael Murphy, by completing the CrossFit workout "Murph".
"Murph" is more than just a tough endurance workout. It’s also classified as a CrossFit Hero workout. A little background: this specific brutal WOD (workout of the day) was named after Officer Michael Murphy, as he was killed in action in Afghanistan and received the Medal of Honor for his heroics in Operation Red Wings. The workout was Murphy’s favorite, and he performed it while wearing heavy body armor while deployed. The workout consists of:
1 mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Air Squats
1 mile Run
It was an honor to complete the workout as a team, as our small way to remember, and show our appreciation to those men and women who have lost their lives while serving our country.

Rainwater Harvesting

(Published on - 7/19/2018 8:29:35 PM)
Team Member Sara White recently attended a Water Harvesting class and returned with lots of great information. With a hot summer and eventual monsoons headed our way, a rainwater harvesting system is something every homeowner might consider to conserve water.
In addition to High Efficiency Toilet (HET) Rebates and Clothes Washer Rebates, Tucson Water offers a Rainwater Harvesting Rebate of up to $2000. In order to qualify for this rebate, residents must be Tucson Water Customers and attend an approved Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Program Workshop.

This page has more information regarding residential rebates.

Check out this "Field Guide for Rain Garden Care" from the Watershed Management Group for great tips on how to create a Low Care Rain Garden instead of Conventional Landscaping which may take more time, water, and money!

Feel free to contact us if you have questions, we'd love to help!!