Friday, January 22, 2010

Arizona’s Wet Wintry Weather. . . .



While the local media has gone way out of its’ way to play up this recent winter storm, nothing all that exciting has happened here in Thunderbird Farms. Wind and much needed rain interrupted the normally boring warm and sunny weather we enjoy for 300 days out of the year. People in Arizona tend to get really excited when the weather is something other than sunny and warm. Having spent half my life in western Pennsylvania, I am used to living in places where bad weather was the norm.

It rained all night and the power went off for close to four hours across the street. Oddly enough, I was lucky to have electricity throughout the duration of the storm. I actually saw and heard the fuse blow on the pole located by my south gate. I think the only reason the power was off so long was that the idiots across from me were probably too stupid to call A.P.S. and notify them of the power outage.

I decided to call A.P.S. myself and notify them of the blown fuse around 7:00PM. The lineman promptly showed up and despite the wind and heavy rain, got out of the truck and went up the pole to restore the power.

Arizona slammed by winter storm, emergency declared

The heaviest rain was supposed to fall between 2 p.m. and midnight – as much as 5 inches in the north Valley and between one and 2 inches in the Phoenix area. The National Weather Service to issued a flash flood watch for the Phoenix region and a high-wind warning that runs into Thursday night, with predictions of gusts of up to 60 mph.

The biggest part of the storm was expected to hit Thursday afternoon and evening, said Ken Waters of the weather service said. "A lot more is coming,'' he said.

Heavy snow in northern Arizona caused Coconino and Navajo counties to declare emergencies, and voluntary flood evacuations began in Sedona at about 2 p.m. Thursday as city firefighters went door to door along Oak Creek in anticipation of massive flooding.
Big chunks of Interstate 17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff were closed. Poor visibility was restricting operations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2010/01/21/20100121arizona-hit-by-winter-storm.html

Slideshow: http://www.azcentral.com/commphotos/azcentral/13452/1/111
 
There was a barrage of news coverage last night and this morning. TV programs were constantly interrupted. I think it was mostly hype. Oddly, national morning news shows made little mention of Arizona’s weather while they concentrated on California since it appeared to be falling into the Pacific Ocean.

Someone even reported a tornado in north Phoenix. In reality, there was no tornado. Apparently, somebody got excited when a tree fell down in the parking lot of a shopping center. This is a possible indicator of how dull and uneventful life in the suburbs really is. We won't be seeing this storm on an upcoming episode of Storm Stories.

Once it was light out and I had finished a bowl of chili, I went outside to survey the neighborhood. All I could see were puddles and mud. There was no serious storm damage to be seen. I did manage to get my jungle boots caked with mud. That doesn’t happen very often out here.

The ground had been saturated from previous storms this week. That caused my flagpole to become uprooted despite a huge chunk of concrete that anchored it in the ground. I’m going to have to re-locate it once things dry out.

I’m actually pleased to have received all this rain. My cacti needed watered. Hopefully, this precipitation will help alleviate the ongoing drought.

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