Legend says that on June 24, 1540, Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado stood on the banks of the parched Santa Cruz riverbed and prayed for rain. It rained, and Coronado deemed that from that day forward the summer rains would come on the 24th day of June.
Fire danger is high this spring, as it is every year of the continuing Southwest drought, but there are some hopeful signs that this year will not repeat last year's record burns in New Mexico and Arizona, according to U.S. Forest Service meteorologists.
So, you probably already know monsoon is a season. In the past,
this season was ushered in based on the dew-point data: Have three
days in a row at average dew point of 54 degrees or higher? Well,
then monsoon started on the first of those three days.