Chris Castro Led Study Predicts Monsoon Storms Fewer But More Extreme

Photo Chris Castro
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Christopher Castro, Associate Professor of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences (HAS), and his group are among the first to look at long-term changes in monsoon precipitation, and the region of Arizona with more extreme storms includes metro Phoenix. Their findings were published July 3 in the early online edition of the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology.

According to new research led by Castro's team, monsoon season now brings more extreme wind and rain to central and southwestern Arizona than in the past. Although there are now fewer storms, the largest monsoon thunderstorms bring heavier rain and stronger winds than did the monsoon storms of 60 years ago.

The report's primary author is Thang M. Luong, former UA doctoral student with Castro and now postdoctoral researcher at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. Co-authors included Castro, Hsin-I Chang, Research Assistant Professor with HAS/Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Timothy Lahmers, HAS doctoral student, and David K. Adams and Carlos A. Ochoa-Moya of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México.

Read more about their findings in the original article written by Mari N. Jensen for UA News.

Compare this month's monsoon activity with Water Falls From Sky, a video clip from last July here!