Be safe during summer thunderstorms

Thunderstorms erupt over the high desert last July. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Summer thunderstorms will soon be drenching parts of the Anza Valley as a result of monsoonal flows that bring high humidity to the area. These sometimes violent events can bring danger, such as flash flooding and lightning strikes. Residents are advised of the dangers via texts, radio Public Service Announcements and social media posts. The US Forest Service issues safety advisories before and as these storms occur. During the summer monsoonal season, firefighters frequently perform reconnaissance flights over the mountains to check for lightning strike fires. The term monsoon refers to the wind shift that typically begins during the first few weeks of July and runs through September. The storms that are the result of this flow of moist air typically come up from the south. The sun he
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