Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Rainy Season At Last!

by Maggie Sefton


Our Monsoon season has arrived and brought days of steady drenching rain! Yay! That might not sound exciting to most of you, but to those of us here in Colorado where we've had the worst drought in anyone's memory AND the worst wildfire season EVER. . .well, we're all pretty excited about all those much-needed raindrops falling and pouring down on us these last few days. The steady rain has helped extinguish the last of the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs. The High Park wildfire northwest of Fort Collins where I live has been cold and completely contained for over a week now. But there were several smaller fires around the state that still needed help, and this string of thunderstorms and lower temps---mid 70s---was just what the entire state needed.

Our Monsoon season is an annual weather event and usually occurs between mid July and the end of August. It's caused by shifting wind patterns in the Pacific Ocean which then cause heavy moisture-laden clouds to sweep up from the Gulf of Mexico and bring rain, lots of rain to the American Southwest. New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming are all affected by the counterclockwise monsoonal flow and generous rainfail.

I'll be leaving mid-week just when the Monsoon will probably leave the area. I'm attending and participating in ThrillerFest, a large conference held in New York City Friday, July 13th & 14th, at the New York Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan. There will be panels and signings and all sorts of gatherings. So if you want to see scores of your favorite mystery and suspense authors walking around, drop by and say hello. I LOVE meeting readers!

What's the weather like where you live? Still suffocating in the heat? Did the rains come where you are?