Last night in Rancho Viejo, Eldorado, Lamy, and Galisteo, we were treated to one the most spectacular lightning shows we'd seen in a long time (if you know of some great pictures from last night, please post links in the comments of this post). As we were driving, I was suggesting that it was a bit early for monsoons and that I remembered them being closer to July. Apparently, though, we're pretty much right on target and this is Monsoon Awareness Week in New Mexico. Check out the info page at the National Weather Service:
New Mexico is affected by the North American Monsoon System (NAMS) every summer, and the “Monsoon Season” is designated as the period lasting from June 15th through September 30th. With the onset of the Monsoon, New Mexico is typically impacted by a variety of weather hazards that can often put the population at risk for serious injury or death. Thunderstorm frequency increases during this period, while exceptionally hot days are common as well.