- By kevin
- On Jul 20, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
The South Rim is open year around and accessible by all.This is your quick guide to South Rim Vacation Planning.Find the best bus tour Las Vegas to Grand Canyon with deals on the site.And here we offered the tips for the people planning their Monsoon Season at the Grand Canyon as below.
Generally when people speak of monsoons it brings a mental image of the horrendous torrential rains that plague Southeastern Asia.In Arizona we speak of monsoon rains when we have thunderstorms that produce two or three inches of rain in an hour or a day because generally Arizona gets less than 10 inches of rainfall per year.To receive two or three inches of moisture in less than a day causes flash flooding and water accumulating in low-lying areas.This is well demonstrated by the massive flooding in Phoenix on September 8,2014 when part of the I-10 freeway system was covered with water.
Arizona’s“Monsoon Season”lasts from mid-June to mid-September generally speaking.Do we get heavy rain during that entire time?No,but the potential exists for it.We frequently get afternoon thundershowers that are more wind and lightning than rain.That is why we caution you to be aware of the weather when planning your vacation.
Cautions from the National Park Service
Lightning is a real threat so that is why the National Park Service cautions,“Summer storms in the southwest are often accompanied by potentially deadly lightning.Visitors walking and hiking in the park are reminded that if they can hear thunder,they should consider ending outdoor activities.If the sound of thunder follows a lightning flash within 30 seconds,seek shelter inside a building or vehicle.If this is not possible,move well away from high points such as ridges and the edge of the canyon.Do not seek shelter beneath tall trees.”
“Summer thunderstorms frequently occur during July,August,and early September with the potential for torrential rains,frequent lightning,and sudden flash floods.These thunderstorms are extremely variable in intensity and location and occur mainly between the hours of 11 a.m.and 6 p.m.Some of these storms can reach severe levels,with large hail,damaging winds,and occasionally even a tornado.”