The votes are in. Monsoon 2019 in Gilbert, AZ and the greater Phoenix area ranks as the sixth-driest monsoon since the statistic was first recorded all the way back in 1896 (and it may not be over yet). Less than three-tenths of an inch of rain has fallen so far during this monsoon, a lack of precipitation not seen since the early 1990s when a four-year stretch saw three dry monsoon records broken in a row.
Okay, you’re thinking that you hear about the monsoon every single year. So this time it happens to be a dry monsoon. It never rains much in the Phoenix area anyway. What’s the big deal? What is a dry monsoon, and how does it impact your daily life?
What is a dry monsoon?
When most people think about monsoons, they picture curtains of driving rain pounding the ground. In truth, monsoons aren’t a storm—they’re a type of wind system. In other words, the “monsoon: isn’t the wet stuff, but the wind driving it.
All that said, Arizona relies on the annual monsoon for nearly half its rainfall each year. The Phoenix area has only seen one-third of an inch of rain this year. It typically sees more than an inch and a half. That can spell trouble for homeowners throughout the region.
Learn to defend against a dry monsoon
Even though the rain isn’t pounding down on your roof, you’re still in danger from the effects of a dry greater Phoenix monsoon season:
- Wind damage: Just because there’s no rain doesn’t mean the winds are absent. High winds can rip tiles and shingles from your roof and even lead to leaks.
- Sun damage: Long bouts of intense heat can cause cracks in the tiles on your roof that could let in the rain or leave your home susceptible to infestation.
- Dirt and dust damage: Dry monsoon winds can pick up minute particles of dirt and grit, which can wear down your roofing surface over time and lead to major issues.
These are just a handful of the ways in which a dry monsoon can have a negative impact on your home. Not to worry, however—there are ways to prepare for a dry monsoon, or mitigate the damage that’s already been done.
Get fit for the monsoon with Five Guys Roofing
In an area that endures annual severe summer weather, it’s essential to ensure that your home is protected from the worst the season can dish out. When it comes to monsoon 2019 in Gilbert, AZ and greater Phoenix, you can count on the pros at Five Guys Roofing for prep, repair and everything in between.
In the 25-plus years since Five Guys Roofing opened its doors, our team has committed itself to first-rate work on every job we’ve taken on. Over 20,000 jobs later, our reputation and our long trail of satisfied customers speak for themselves.
When Arizona’s monsoon season hits you, hit back with help from Five Guys Roofing. Give us a call today to schedule an inspection. We can’t wait to hear from you.