Southern Utah's Monsoon season has arrived and Flash Floods are to be expected in the region. On average southern Utah sees multiple monsoon storms pop up in the hot afternoons and build throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Not only do these storms produce large amounts of rain, but they can also produce lightning. The two can cause catastrophe in a dry desert region like southern Utah. After many months of dry heat our soils are unable to soak up the much-needed rain, and lightning can strike dry brush and cause wildfires. Fire restrictions for the region are still in place, check with local authorities before you start any campfire. We wish for all of our visitors to have a safe and enjoyable time while you visit southern Utah. Remember! Never enter a slot canyon if rain is in the forecast for the region. Pictured here is heavy rainfall over popular Buckskin Gulch - the longest and deepest slot canyon in the United States.
Here are a few tips from the National Weather Service on how to be safe during a Flash Flood Warning: Do Not drive through flowing water, or onto a flooded roadway. If you approach a roadway that is flooded, TURN AROUND - DON'T DROWN! If a Flash Flood Warning is issued for your area: If advised to evacuate - do so immediately. Get out of washes, slot canyons and low laying areas. Do Not swim, walk, or play in flooded areas. Remember, 6 inches of water can swiftly knock you off your feet!
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