The annual monsoon has finally arrived at Grand Canyon National Park; later than usual, but welcome nonetheless. Roughly half of the annual precipitation that falls in the region arrives during the July-August rainy season, and the plant and animal life truly rely on this predictable weather pattern for their very existence.
Photographers flock to the canyon as well to take advantage of dramatic skies filled with soaring clouds, breathtaking rainbows, and the occasional streak of lightning. The latter should be taken seriously by anyone outside for what is typically a late-afternoon weather event.
Every few years someone is struck by lightning, particularly those standing on one of the park’s scenic overlooks. To be sure, it is a tempting proposition to have a front row seat for nature’s calamitous display of power, but taking a few precautions can help you and your loved ones safely enjoy your park experience.
Follow this link for more information on lightning and related safety tips: Grand Canyon National Park Service: Lightning Danger.