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A severe thunderstorm warning was put in place Tuesday afternoon for areas in north Tucson, Oro Valley, and Marana.
A flood advisory was also issued for northeastern sections of Pima County. Be cautious of potentially heavy rains and strong winds.
In other news, Tucson's rain is breaking records.
As of 5 p.m. yesterday, Tucson set a new record for its July 9 rain, which was measured at 1.01 inches. The previous record for the date was set in 1932 with 0.74 inch.
Maybe we'll break some records today, too.
Need some monsoon tips? We've got 8 of 'em for you.
8 things you need to know about monsoon season
What you need to know about the monsoon season
1. When does it start?
Since 2008, the National Weather Service has decreed a monsoon season from June 15 to September 30. However, it still keeps track of the monsoon start by a measure it used from 1949 until 2008 — the first of three consecutive days with an average dew point of 54 or above.
Also known as chubasco, the summer rains bring much-needed moisture and cooler evenings. Not to mention lightning, heavy rain, high winds, flash flooding, hail and dangerous driving conditions.
2. Driving tips
If you are caught in a severe storm and can’t drive safely, move completely off the road and stop with your lights off. Take your foot off the brake to make sure your brake lights aren't lit. This prevents other drivers from following your tail-lights, thinking you are still on the road. Never stop in the travel portion of the road.
Pro tip: Replace your windshield wipers before the monsoons start.
3. Be safe taking those awesome lightning photos
On average, 47 people die after being struck by lightning in the United States, according to the National Weather Service. Arizona made up for one of those deaths during 2016's monsoon season.
The incident occurred mid-July in Coconino County while the individual was hiking.
Monsoon lovers should take cover when watching storms from afar. Most lightning strikes occur more than three miles away from the center of the thunderstorm, and have even been spotted as far as 15 miles.
Some tips to stay safe during nature’s light show include: stay indoors when you hear thunder, avoid using plumbing and electrical equipment and keep your distance from windows.
You can also keep track of lightning strikes recorded in your area at lightningmaps.org
4. Say hello to your desert neighbors
Expect to see more Gila monsters, and other wildlife, come out to play on nights of high humidity.
According to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Gila monsters live in washes that extend down into the valley.
But don't freak out. They're just out enjoying the weather like everyone else.
5. Monsoon season scent
6. End of Monsoon is the beginning of prickly pear season
With plentiful rain comes the beautiful green vibrance of the Sonoran Desert and the ruby red fruit of the prickly pear cactus.
This unique fruit, called a "tuna," grows from the pads of the cactus, creating an amazing edible crown that’s ready to harvest in September.
Tunas are used in a variety of foods and products, but some of our favorites include the prickly pear margarita at Reforma Cocina y Cantina, jellies and lip balm.
7. Monsoon Safety Awareness
Just because Monsoon Safety Awareness Week is over, doesn't mean you shouldn't be careful during a storm.
8. You can follow the Tucson Monsoon on Twitter
Yep, this is a thing. And it’s awesome.
You can talk one-on-one with @ElTucsonMonsoon about everything from rain gauges to weather jokes. But mostly, it’s a lot of taunting hot Tucsonans.