Yes, it does rain in Arizona. In fact when Monsoon season does roll around every summer it rains and it rains a lot. For those that have never heard of monsoons it is basically Arizona’s most popular form of extreme weather. Dust storms, which are quite common in Arizona, as well a heavy rainfall, flash flooding and microburst, which is basically a version of a tornado. If you are planning to become a homeowner in Arizona this is probably the most important yet unexpected thing you have to prepare for.
Get flood insurance, you may not think you’re living in an area that floods but chances are you’re living in some sort of lower elevation area or an area that sits in a wash. There will be a lot of dust during monsoon season, so much that at some points you may not even be able to see 2 feet in front of you. It will also get extremely windy and there will be lots of rain. This is also something you should maintain proper yard maintenance for. Ensuring your trees are trimmed properly will mean less of a chance of them calling on your house during the extreme winds.
Just the same as in any other state heavy storms means you power may go out. Investing in candles and flashlights isn’t a bad idea. But more importantly invest in a surge protector, there are whole house surge protectors that are made that can actually protect larger items, refrigerators, dish washers, stoves basically any electric appliance. This will protect you from having to replace anything price in the event of a power surge.
Dust proof your home because it does get dusty. Checking for any cracks, holes, missing roof tiles or shingles will actually save you from having to sweep up a bunch of dirt from inside your home in the long run. You won’t be able to completely protect yourself from the monsoon but it’s always good to prepare for it because chances are you will get caught in a heavy dust storm, your yard will flood and your power at some point will go out but the best thing to do is prepare for it. There was even a time in Arizona when the rain was so bad that cars could literally not drive on the i10 freeway. Vehicles were literally drifting away trying to make it through.
If you don’t know what a microburst is, it basically has the same effect as a tornado. They are considered to be one of nature’s most dangerous wind storms. They can destroy homes. Their speeds can actually reach upwards of 60-100mph.
Another Arizona wonder is a Haboob. Driving it in is not recommended of course. It’s best to view from inside your home, with your doors and windows sealed and closed as it is a mile high wall of dust. Chances are you won’t be able to view anything around it. Although it doesn’t seem all that interesting to be starring at a bunch of dirt it really is something to see. Dust and dirt is certainly something to protect your home from in the Arizona summers. If you see a dust storm coming or get any kind of dust storm warning for your area via your tv or phone you should definitely make sure to roll up your car windows and go inside and close your windows and doors.