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There’s a reason the Weather Channel is the most watched channel (true!): People are fascinated by weather. There’s no denying the scary, heart-racing thrill of watching tornadoes or hurricanes along their destructive paths. Of course, that’s on TV. Closer to home come storms of a different nature, which is the focus of “The Arizona Monsoon: How does it work and why do we have it?” Michael Santoro, Ph.D. student and teacher of climate and geography at the Arizona State University School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, discusses how storms develop locally, sometimes building up into those wild and wooly monsoon thunderstorms. Haboobs, hail, flash floods, micro bursts, and, yes, even tornadoes are all offshoots of the monsoon season. What fun. Who needs TV?
Get the all the weather facts from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Paradise Valley REI, 12634 North Paradise Village Parkway. Admission is free. Call 602-996-5400 or visit www.rei.com.