When a construction schedule has the site make-ready work in the summer, it is a race to get site work done and protected from the consequences of the desert monsoon season. July in the desert is the month that the energy created by the hot and dry weather of May and June shifts the jet stream to north. This shift brings moist air from the Sea of Cortez and the Gulf of Mexico to the desert. The heat and moisture combine to create the familiar thunderstorm (cumulonimbus) clouds that build during the day that are a prelude to heavy rains and winds that define our monsoon season.
The rain did provide a momentary cooling of the desert and a celebratory burst of flowers after each storm.
On July 14, the day started normally with high heat and humidity from the evening’s storms. Just as our Big The Big Room team also works with the hospital’s emergency preparedness team which includes the hospital’s Incident Command Team to ensure that we can support any emergency facing the hospital such as power outages during the storm seasons. This season we had a significant power outage involving our high voltage transfer switches and a transformer.
All the emergency preparedness training and coordination is a constant reminder of how important our work is to provide stable and reliable systems for the hospital to care for its patients.