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Monsoon Sunsets, a Tucson Treasure

Posted on July 30, 2013

Photo by Sean Parker

Of all the photos we post on our Facebook page, sunset photos are far and away the most popular.

Tucson sunsets are outstanding year-round, but monsoon sunsets are spectacular. The warm, moist air from the Sea of Cortez meets dry desert air, creating a high-pressure area that keeps dust, salt, and smoke particles closer to the ground. The particles mute the blues in the color spectrum and intensify the red and pink, while winds sweep up dust particles and big thunderclouds bounce back the light, saturating the colors even more. (As beautiful as the photos are, our sunsets are even better in person!)

Tucson Monsoon

Photo by Sean Parker.

The typical monsoon rain is not a drizzle, but a cloudburst – a huge quantity of rain that disappears in minutes, sometimes turning right back to a bright blue sky. But it can also include stunning bolts of lightning that flash brilliantly against a darkening sky (sometimes with electrical surges strong enough to set off car alarms). Monsoon watching is a popular pastime among Tucsonans, who head to hilltops with cameras primed to capture the fleeting display.

The monsoon season transforms the desert in other ways: Dry rivers can spring back to life for an afternoon, the diversity of bird species is at its highest, and many Sonoran Desert plants burst into bloom.

The change is on glorious display on our 80 acres here at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, where our Lookout Bar & Grille is the perfect place to sit and watch a monsoon-season sunset. Wind up the day’s activities, grab a drink, and prepare to be awed.

Monsoon season runs from July to September, often coinciding with excellent value summer rates. While a rainstorm is not normally something to look forward to on vacation, keep your camera charged and this particular monsoon could turn into one of the highlights of your trip.

Featured Photo by Sean Parker.