But this year has been different. Partially due to a hurricane that's been hugging the coast of Baja California in Mexico, it's been raining in Arizona. A lot. The official weather station at the airport measured more than 3 inches of rain just yesterday. Another weather spotter in Tempe, which is part of Greater Phoenix, reported nearly five inches.
In the desert and in a huge city covered in concrete in many areas, there is virtually no place for the water to go. So early morning drivers today faced scenes like this, on an Interstate Highway on the west side of the city.
That scene was repeated numerous times around the huge Phoenix area. Several freeways had to be closed by the flooding.
All in all, it is a very good day to stay home.
By the way, we are high and dry, about 80 to 100 miles northwest of the Phoenix area. Well, high but not exactly dry. It's been raining here, too. Some street flooding has been reported in Prescott but where we live, in the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains, we've only had occasional showers recently.