We live in arguably the most beautiful desert in the world, the Sonoran Desert, which stretches from Central Arizona down into Mexico.
Under normal weather conditions, the Sonoran Desert experiences hot temperatures and very dry heat, but once the summer monsoon rolls around, temperatures drop and our humidity and dew point rise.
A monsoon is defined as any wind that reverses its direction seasonally.
In late June and early July, the wind patterns to our south over Mexico begin to shift. Winds flow out of the south and southeast, bringing in moisture from the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of California and the Gulf of Mexico.
That moisture rises with our intense summer heat and produces thunderstorms across Arizona.