Arizona Recognizes Monsoon Awareness Week

News Release

June 16, 2020

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey proclaimed this week, June 14 - 20, 2020 Monsoon Awareness Week to highlight the importance of staying safe during monsoon season and preparing for unsafe weather conditions, including high winds, dust storms, hail, flooding and lightning.

Arizona’s monsoon season begins mid-June and lasts through the end of September. Monsoons are created when moisture meets with the summer heat and humidity increases, and can cause thunderstorms that lead to localized flash flooding and dust storms that reduce visibility.  

“We want all Arizonans to stay safe this monsoon season,” said Governor Ducey. “During Monsoon Awareness Week, Arizona residents and visitors are reminded of the importance of checking weather reports, pulling over when a dust storm hits and following all safety measures.”

View a PDF of the proclamation HERE.


WHEREAS, it is vital that all residents be aware of the challenge of living with extreme heat, limited water resources, severe weather and floods; and

WHEREAS, the extreme summer heat may cause life-threatening conditions among our vulnerable populations, for those who work outside, take part in outdoor activities, or lack refuge from the heat; and

WHEREAS, limited water resources may cause hardships and possible life-threatening conditions for people and livestock in drought-stricken areas; and

WHEREAS, severe storms threaten the safety of people who live and travel in Arizona with damaging high winds, dangerous dust storms, destructive hail, and hazardous lightning; and

WHEREAS, these storms, along with floodwaters that inundate our land, cause property damage, jeopardize our food supply, and threaten the health and safety of the people in our State; and

WHEREAS, dust storms impact the safety of people who travel in Arizona due to near-zero visibility and also expose residents to the effects of unhealthy air quality; and

WHEREAS, the Arizona Departments of Emergency and Military Affairs, Agriculture, Homeland Security, Insurance, Public Safety, Transportation, Water Resources, and Environmental Quality have joined with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service and the Salvation Army to recognize the need to provide periodic urban hydration support and public education on the advantages of being prepared for drought, dust storms, extreme heat, flash flooding, and severe weather in Arizona.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim June 14 – 20, 2020, as


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona


DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this fourteenth day of May in the year Two Thousand and Twenty and of the Independence of the United States of America the Two Hundred and Forty-Fourth.