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 Rainlog.org 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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