The weather in Arizona this week could be one for the record books

The weather in Arizona this week could be one for the record books.  The picture to the left is of an area wash.

People all over Arizona braced for one of the biggest storms the state has seen in some time.  Yesterday they were even warning of Tornadoes in Phoenix.  We aren't done with the storm yet but it appears the worst may be over.

I feel bad for the winter visitors to our Arizona retirement communities who decided to roll into town this last week.  Yesterday the airport was even shut down and a report last night said over 120 flights were delayed or canceled.

It appears those of us here in the NW valley had some of the highest rainfall totals for the greater Phoenix AZ area with Sun City Festival in north Buckeye logging just over 4 inches of rain in the last week and areas around Arizona Traditions getting close to 5 1/2 inches.  These numbers are courtesy of and may be different from other reporting agencies.

Having come from Washington state, when I first moved here I used to think... big deal.  But when you consider Arizonas ANNUAL rainfall average is around 7 inches, AND you factor in the hard desert landscape that isn't very absorbent, you begin to understand the impact weather of this kind can have and how dangerous it can be.

Since we have been running at a precipitation deficit over the last several years all of this snow and rain is very welcome.  We should have one of the most magnificent displays of wildflowers in the desert landscape along with Cacti in bloom come this spring.

And if you didn't realize Arizona is more than just a desert, take a look at the following video.  I remember one year while visiting my brother-in-law in Scottsdale in October we took a short 20 minute (or so) drive to Carefree and I got to see my first display of snow in Arizona.



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Comment balloon 7 commentsKathy Anderson • January 22 2010 09:50AM


Kathy, I have been talking to family and friends in So. Ca. and they have said they have never seen weather like they are having.  A tornado in the Long Beach area, and near my friend in Laguna with homes washing away, flooding in La Canada where my son lives, and just lots of rain.  Lets hope you do not have that much activity.  Here in Port Townsend it's like spring with sun and little buds on the trees.  Take care!


Posted by Sandra White, Experienced Residential Resale Broker (John L Scott Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Sandra - Between these storms, forest fires and the earthquakes California residents have taken a beating the last few years.  We are through the worst of ours and while it was a little wild for us it wasn't close to what CA is dealing with.

Glad to hear it's nice up your way.  My brother and his family just moved to Port Orchard from Florida and I was worried they would have a tough time adjusting back to the Pacific NW weather.  Have a great weekend!

Posted by Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand (Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living) over 10 years ago

And I thought that arizona was one of the states with hot hot weather :) it's always good to learn  something new :P

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) over 10 years ago

I noticed the temperature on the weather forcast said 50 degrees. Was the reporter far from the station, or was there really that much snow at only 50 degrees? Sorry if that's a stupid question. I'm a Floridian >.<  But even we got some snow a couple of weeks ago!

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 10 years ago

Ray - That's why I was so surprised the first time I saw snow in Carefree. It wasn't very far from the valley and I just had no idea the elevation was such that snow was even a possibility. Of course it didn't stick to the ground much as it really wasn't cold enough to keep it around long.

Lisa - The snow video was from an area around Payson that is about an hour and a half or so from the valley where Phoenix is, so it's a higher elevation than the desert. Payson, Prescott, Sedona and Flagstaff are all popular destinations for valley residents in the summer when we see 110 degree plus weather down here.

Posted by Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand (Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living) over 10 years ago

Oh, my, and I thought we had it rough when we were in the thirties for a week in Southwest Florida.  At least it did not snow.  It killed a lot of our lanscaping.  We are subtropical and that won't do!  Crazy.

Posted by Marcia Hawken, Naples Luxury Specialist (WILLIAM RAVEIS ) over 10 years ago

Marcia - I was just talking to my brother last night who moved back to WA from FL last month.  He's been watching the weather since they moved and said it's been warmer in WA than FL.  Go figure!

BTW - We are right back to the sunny stuff here in the greater Phoenix area.  The weather fronts are exciting in AZ but, thankfully, we don't have to put up with them for weeks or months at a time like other areas of the country.  Stay warm!

Posted by Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand (Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living) over 10 years ago

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