Floating forecast

Weather balloon rises up to 75,000 feet to help SRP plan summer operations

If you happen to look up around 4:30 p.m. — or, if you’re a morning person, 4:30 a.m. — near SRP’s headquarters in Tempe, you might see a big white balloon taking flight.

But it’s not just any balloon. It’s a weather balloon that helps forecast high temperatures and storms in the Valley — a forecast essential to SRP’s summer operations.

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8 tips to prep for summer storms

Don’t be caught by surprise during unpredictable weather

Metro Phoenix got its first hint of summer monsoons Monday night, with some lightning, particularly in the East Valley. And, as residents brace for monsoon season ahead, SRP is prepared to handle the heat and storms. We plan for the extreme weather throughout the year by maintaining our transmission and distribution systems to ensure reliability.

If there is an outage, SRP alerts you via email or text when your home or business is in an affected area. We also let you know (see details below to sign up) when power is restored.

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Thanks for your patience

As monsoon season draws to a close, a note of appreciation from Mike Lowe, SRP’s Chief Customer Executive:

The summer of 2015 will be remembered for a series of powerful monsoon storms that at times left tens of thousands in the Valley without power.

Some SRP customers were without electricity for only a few minutes, while others living near the downed power poles and lines had to wait much longer for their power to be restored. Our crews worked around the clock, safely restoring power to customers as quickly as possible.

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4 easy ways to prep for storms

Follow these simple steps today, before the storm

Monsoon storms can catch people by surprise and cause some serious damage.

Even though we haven’t been hit by many severe storms so far this year, it’s still early in the monsoon season, and we’ll probably see more activity over the next few months.

We hope you never lose power, but in case you do, it’s important to be prepared. Follow these tips today – before the storm – so you can stay informed, safe and prepared.

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