MetMail Weekly Weather Briefing - June 21, 2022 Featured

Dr. Mark Sinclair June 22, 2022 47

Start of summer… start of monsoon moisture!

Big Idea

  • With the 2022 Summer Solstice, comes the 2022 monsoon moisture
  • We have a 30-40% chance of T-storms this week from Wednesday onward
  • Be alert to typical thunderstorm hazards such as flash flooding, gusty winds and lightning
  • Turn around, don’t drown! 
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Welcome summer! Welcome Monsoon!



Yesterday was the Summer Solstice! This is a day when people often do strange stuff, like getting up in the middle of the night to watch the sun rise over Stonehenge, trekking 9,573 feet to the peak of Mt. Olympus to celebrate egalitarianism, or partying inside a glacier (in Iceland, obviously). 

Here in northern Arizona, the solstice is ushering in monsoon moisture, bringing a chance of thunderstorms each day from Wednesday onward. The monsoon is a GO!


Forecast Table:


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Today, sunny and hot with highs in the 90s. From Wednesday onward, expect a 30-40% chance of thunderstorms each afternoon or evening, with highs in the 90s. In addition to afternoon heat, it’s now time to be alert to typical thunderstorm hazards of lightning, flash flooding and gusty outflow winds. 


Additional notes for the weather poetry nuts:

Yes, the solstice brings out many oddities. Here’s  a little poetry, to celebrate the start of summer. This is William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18.


Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate.

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimmed;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,

Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,

When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.


Expect the eye of heaven’s gold complexion to be dimmed later this week by monsoon moisture (sorry, Bill).





Mark Sinclair, Ph.D.                                                               
Program Chair and Professor, Meteorology                                                                              
Department of Applied Aviation Sciences, College of Aviation    


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