UAHS Healthy Dose Blog: The Arizona Monsoon, Lightning and Your Health

August 3, 2021

Monsoon in Arizona comprises the wettest and most lightning-prone months of the year. Learn how to avoid being struck and what to do if you are. By Dan Schlager, MD, clinical professor of emergency medicine. Also, UArizona Engineering Students’ project tests Dr. Schlager’s Lightning Protection Technology. 

The Arizona monsoon is characterized by heavy rain, dust storms and lightning. While southern Arizona has experienced record rainfall after a blistering start of summer, rain isn’t required to be struck by lightning.

Lightning injuries are the second-leading cause of weather-related deaths worldwide. Florida is the lightning capital of the U.S., according to the National Weather Service, and ranks No. 1 in the country in the number of lightning deaths between 1959 and 2017. Mountain areas also are common for lightning, including Arizona and Tucson.

Read more on the UAHS Healthy Dose Blog.

UArizona Engineering Students’ Project Tests Dr. Dan Schlager’s Lightning Protection Technology 

Dr. Schlager collaborated with Uarizona College of Engineering student to test his lightning protection technology. Read that story HERE.