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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

What happened to monsoon thunderstorms?

01 Monsoon over Brahama & Zoroaster temples BAP trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

July and August in the Southwest should be monsoon season, rain every day, or almost.

02 Wontons Throne from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ pano (1024x445)

Yet it’s been days of dry with mostly blue sky.

03 Freyas Castle from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

Just a few fluffy clouds drifting over the canyon. Of course there’s never really a bad sky view over the canyon.

04 Colorado River from Walhalla overlook NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

In Arizona we depend on the monsoon thunderstorms to water crops and fill reservoirs. The Colorado River has been flowing strong due to water release from Glen Canyon Dam being sent down stream to Lake Mead.

05 Dead tree limbs against blue sky Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

Just to break up the blue monotony

Statistically, weather forecasters consider it a "monsoon day" when the average daily dew point is 55 degrees or higher.  Today the dew point is 28 degrees.

06 Full moon above earth's shadow from Pt Imperial NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x804)

Yet at the end of the day, all we can do is pray for the monsoon thunderstorms to come our way.

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12 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful series of sky shots, Gaelyn. I agree that there are probably no bad sky days over the Grand Canyon. It is such a beautiful place. I hope you receive your much needed rain. It is pretty dry here too. Happy skywatching!

J Bar said...

Beautiful shots.
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KT said...

Beautiful photographs. It is dry in many parts of the country...we can all only hope for some rain.

Ruth said...

Hoping your rains come soon. Our farmers need rain too after a record wet spring. Your photos make the canyon look very inviting.

forgetmenot said...

It is hot and dry everywhere it seems. Hope you get some relieve soon too. Absolutely beautiful photos. Such amazing country. Mickie :)

Larry said...

You really get to see a nice piece of sky out that way. A place I'd like to visit some day.

Ms. Becky said...

oh your photos are so splendid. but yes, this lack of rainfall is worrisome. I will hope for rain for you there in the beautiful S.W. happy SWF Gaelyn.

ladyfi said...

Those views are just amazing! Here's hoping you get the rain you need.

Jo said...

Beautiful skies and scenery, Gaelyn. We are getting all your rain here in East Africa. It has rained almost daily since mid-April. I hope you get your much-needed rains soon. (((hugs))) Jo

Tammie said...

gorgeous as can be.

Janie said...

We're certainly at the mercy of the weather. Our days have been hot and dry this week, too, but rain is back in the forecast next week.
Love that first photo of the clouds over the canyon.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Ahhhh, Gaelyn...it is wonderful visiting your blog again. Such lovely photographs of THE most amazing place on earth (imho). Here's hoping for rain, and soon.

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