What Truck Drivers Need to Know About Monsoons

In late June, the mercury rises to uncomfortable levels. Dry grasses bake in relentless sun and parking is determined by shade, not distance. Then the wind picks up. Clouds start rolling in. Cumulus thunderheads darken the sky, and most Arizonans wait eagerly for the first quenching drops of rain. The monsoon season has arrived. The monsoon season begins on June 15 and ends on September 30, but the storms peak between mid-July and mid-August. On average, about half of Arizona receives about half of its annual rainfall during the monsoon. If thunder is audible, lightning is close and it is advised to go indoors and remain there until 30 minutes after the last lightning sighting. Be sure to avoid downed power lines.

Dust storms are often an underrated danger. Dust storms are especially dangerous to drivers due to poor visibility. If caught in a dust storm, follow these important tips:

  • Immediately pull off the road safely
  • Turn your truck off
  • Turn your lights off
  • Take your foot off the brake pedal
  • Keep plenty of water, snacks and flashlight
  • Stay informed with weather alerts for your safety