For us in Teton Valley, a strong North American monsoon brings us daily afternoon thunderstorms almost like clockwork.

It’s baaaack! You’ll see it in forecasts and discussions from the National Weather Service and television and radio forecasts. The M word has returned: MONSOON!

When you hear that word used around here, you don’t have to start building Noah’s Ark or anything. You may have heard about the monsoons in Asia and West Africa. Maybe you are a veteran --thank you! — who remembers the monsoons of SE Asia. Relax, the word has a whole different and much milder meaning here.