Tucson summers bring heat, the heat brings in humidity and the humidity creates our cooling monsoon rains. Years ago there was a local controversy about calling our summer storms monsoons or Chubasco. A chubasco is a violent squall with thunder and lightning, encountered during the rainy season along the Pacific coast of Mexico, Central America and South America. It’s also widely used when rain is accompanied by strong winds in other Spanish-speaking countries. Where as a monsoon is a seasonal prevailing wind in the region of South and Southeast Asia, blowing from the southwest between May and September and bringing rain. The general consensus was to continue to call it monsoons. Some nights the storms truly merit being called Chubasco, it seems so much more appropriate. Either way it usually brings us beautiful sunset pictures. Here’s one I captured this week.
There are many nights when you can imagine Michelangelo painting our heavens. It’s truly beautiful. This time of year not everyone wants to be up to enjoy the sunrise, one of my favorite times of the day, but everyone should take a few moments or more to enjoy the suns stunning conclusion to another day in the Southwest.
Full disclosure, by the middle of August even us desert rats are looking forward to Mother Nature turning down her thermostat!