Monday, July 4, 2011

The Arrival of Monsoon Season: Fourth of July Weekend, 2011

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776 The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

I don't normally travel or do much of anything on the July Fourth weekend. I prefer to stay at home far away from the idiots and morons that take to the roads on major holidays. On Saturday, I reluctantly agreed to meet up with some friends in north Phoenix. On of our friends is in poor health and we thought paying him a visit was in order. I loaded Bailey into the truck and departed shortly before noon.

My trip to town was uneventful. Traffic was light for a Saturday afternoon and I casually made my way to north Phoenix via I-10 and SR 51. I reached my destination and went about my business.

Phoenix Sets Record Heat for Day at 118 Degrees

PHOENIX (AP) — It was a record day for heat in one of the nation's hottest cities. Phoenix had a high temperature of 118 degrees Saturday. That topped the city's previous record for July 2, which was 116 degrees in 2001.

Although this is not the norm, Maricopa managed to reach 119 degrees. Once it gets over 110 degrees, a few more doesn't make a whole lot of difference. It's been close to five years since the mercury climbed that high. I'd still rather be hot than freezing, any day.

118 TODAY: Hot enough to fry an egg?

Fourth of July Weekend: sidewalks were heating up to dangerous temperatures. Using an infrared thermometer we tested some common surfaces.

Power returning after poles knocked down in Valley storm

PHOENIX - Many homes and businesses are getting power back after a storm knocked out utilities to about 4,000 customers Valley wide.

Arizona Public Service spokesman Damon Gross said around 1,500 of their customers lost electricity around 4 pm. The company tweeted around 9:30 pm that about half the remaining 500 customers without power should have it restored near midnight.

Gross said 17 poles were knocked down along 32nd Street between Thunderbird and Greenway roads.

At 3:00 PM, I was in the vicinity of 36th Street and Cactus (one mile south of the outages) and noticed that the weather was coming in fast. At that point, I headed south through Phoenix towards Maricopa. It was definitely time to head home. Phoenix area drivers have a bad habit of losing control of their vehicles at the mere sight of rain. I didn't want to be around when that happened.

Of course, that was wishful thinking. As you can see by the photos I posted above, a few drops of rain managed to create a series of events that resulted in the destruction of vehicles as well as create a traffic jam that stretched approximately 3 miles in the northbound lane of SR 347.

I rarely have a need to travel this route, but more often than not, some stupid or careless motorist(s) makes a mess of things whenever I decide to make a trip to Phoenix. On my last trip in late May, I found myself taking a lengthy detour through Casa Grande because of the southbound lane being shut down for several hours. Please refer to a previous post for the details of that trip.

People rush for last minute fireworks

PHOENIX (KPHO) - Inside valley firework tents the search is on for the biggest bang you legally can get.

"Yesterday we were slammed, today we are going to be slammed with people getting their last minute fireworks," said Matt Gibson of TNT Fireworks.

Despite a ban on the use of fireworks in Pinal County, it was clear that many people decided to gamble with the lives and properties of their neighbors. Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to my neighborhood as soon as it got dark. It hasn't rained for an extended period of time and fire danger is EXTREMELY high. Hopefully, some idiot will burn their own house down or end up in the hospital missing a hand.

"For evolved man — the apex of organic progress on the Earth — what branch of reflection is more fitting than that which occupies only his higher and exclusively human faculties? The primal savage or ape merely looks about his native forest to find a mate; the exalted Aryan should lift his eyes to the worlds of space and consider his relation to infinity!!!!" --H. P. Lovecraft

1 comment:

  1. Tuesday, July 5, 2011 approximately 8:00 pm. . .
    Our first storm with wind and rain hit my neighborhood this evening. As usual, we had a brief power outage.