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Lightning, flash floods and toppled power lines are just part of the price we pay for keeping wildfires at bay.

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  • By Gabriel Armenta / Arizona Daily Star

Here are historically flood-prone intersections, wash crossings and other roads to avoid during monsoon thunderstorms.

  • Carmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star

A thunderstorm swept through the Tucson area Tuesday afternoon dropping up to 2 inches of rain on the city's southwest side and on Mount Lemmon.

  • A.E. ARAIZA / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Barbara Santa Maria and her nephew, Raul Benitez, 9, find a puddle on East Michigan Drive just perfect for a little post-storm horseplay. But …

  • KELLY PRESNELL / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Debris like this tattered mattress in the Rillito River bed could knock down someone trying to escape the current generated by one of our summ…

  • Doug Kreutz Arizona Daily Star

A monsoon storm can cool down a desert afternoon and create shallow puddles just right for splashing.

  • Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star

If you're wondering whether a weather disaster is about to hit, you may be better off looking down at your smartphone screen than up at the sky. As part of a government system that rolled out in Tucson on Thursday, the National Weather Service sends critical warnings via text message to smartphone users.