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You asked 4 It: Why do we have a monsoon season?

Eddie Garcia
Updated: August 31, 2020 02:51 PM
Created: July 24, 2018 11:00 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Thousands of New Mexicans rely on the monsoon. But some people have questions about the weather phenomenon.

The Layman family sent KOB meteorologist Eddie Garcia a question for his You Asked 4 It series.

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“Mr. Eddie, why do we have a monsoon season?” the Layman kids asked.

Eddie says the monsoon is crucial for life in New Mexico and the entire southwest United States.

He says, in order for it to get going, there needs to be a lot of heat, which begins in late to mid-spring. Once enough heat builds throughout June, a thermal low sets up in the southwest United States.

Eddie says that acts like a vacuum, pulling in moisture from the Gulf of California and, sometimes, the Gulf of Mexico, eventually bringing rain to New Mexico.

On average, the monsoon can start as early as mid-June and can last through the end of September.

Are you curious about the science of weather? Here's your chance. Just Ask 4 It! Go ahead and send your video question to Share 4 at http://www.kob.com/share4/. You can ask any weather question, but be sure to keep it shorter than 15 seconds and you'll have the chance to make it on the news.

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Why can you smell rain?

Is it dangerous to take a shower during a thunderstorm?

Why do storms come from the west?

Why does it rain?

What causes wind?

What's with the temperature variations across NM?

What's the deal with the sun dog?

How does a cloud form?


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