Get excited! Monsoon hints rumbling to our south

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Something is rumbling to the south and it should be a welcome sign for anyone who loves monsoon thunderstorms!

This week, storms started to fire over the Sierra Madre, the mountain range on the western side of the Mexican plateau.

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This is important because it hints at the monsoon pattern developing.

[VIDEO: Phoenix emergency crews prepare for monsoon season]

High pressure over of the Gulf of Mexico starts to pump moisture our way, helping to produce storms over the mountains of Mexico.

With summer heating, hot pockets (not that kind) of air create thermal lows over the southern deserts. This helps usher in a wind shift of southerly and southeasterly air.

Ideally, we want that high pressure to move over the Four Corners to increase that moisture flow into Arizona.

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Nothing in the next seven days shows us getting rain here in Phoenix, but it is great to see activity in Mexico, knowing that our shot is right around the corner.

The monsoon in Arizona starts June 15 and goes through Sept. 30.

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Those dates are a general time frame, and we usually see the pattern get its act together by early July.

The monsoon can’t get here soon enough as much of the state is dry as can be!

[READ MORE: Drought conditions have returned to Arizona]

So if you have been waiting on rain, don’t worry, we’re getting closer to some summer storms!

[RELATED: Monsoon 2017 will go down as a 'non-soon']

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