Destruction in the Desert: Stay prepared for 2014 monsoon season with ABC15 special

Arizona’s summer monsoon season brings some of the most dangerous weather each year to our state.

To help the community prepare for it, ABC15 is taking action to air a 30-minute program, ABC15’s Monsoon Special: Destruction in the Desert.

The special broadcast airs on Friday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The special will be hosted by ABC15 Chief Meteorologist Amber Sullins, alongside ABC15 meteorologists Iris Hermosillo and Laura Thomas.  They will break down the severe weather threats expected this summer.  The special will also talk about wildfire season and pay tribute to the Yarnell Hill hotshots and their sacrifice.

During monsoon season, weather patterns shift, bringing more moisture to Arizona.  That moisture, combined with Arizona’s intense daytime heating, creates powerful thunderstorms, typically in the afternoon and evening.  Those storms bring serious threats like damaging winds, massive dust storms, heavy rain and flash floods.

“This summer will be interesting. I’ll be tracking El Nino and how its formation could affect our monsoon,” said Chief Meteorologist Amber Sullins.  “The monsoon can be our most exciting time of year, but while we pray for rain and rejoice when it comes, we have to remember that it can be dangerous too.”

The official monsoon season begins June 15 and runs through September 30.

To stay ahead of our summer storms, be sure to download the ABC15 Storm Shield app on your iPhone or Android.  The app sends you severe weather warnings for your current location and up to five other places.

The ABC15 Forecasters have been awarded the WeatherRate seal of approval and certified as the most-accurate television forecasting team in the Valley – seven years in a row.

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