Monday, July 17, 2017


What does it look like when the sky opens up?

Kind of like this.

The monsoon rains have definitely come to Arizona, as shown in the tragic story from this weekend when 9 people drowned in a flash flood that surprised them at a swimming hole where rain had not fallen.

The raging water, carrying trees and mud, came from where rain had fallen, miles away.

A 10th person is still missing.

Amazingly, this rainstorm I photographed earlier today, though headed right for us, never materialized in our area, though other parts of Prescott and Prescott Valley were drenched.

It's a good time of year to remind locals of the danger and to heed the advice: stay safe.


  1. Flash flood in a desert can be quite dangerous.

  2. I saw that story, very sad and scary.

  3. Dramatic skies--especially so since the rain didn't hit you.

  4. That's one thing we know to look out for around here: flash floods.

    Too bad you didn't get any of that rain in the picture. I wouldn't mind some, either, in moderation. We've been hitting 100 degrees for what seems like 3 weeks now, and the forecast shows the same thing 10 days out. I'm sure it's hotter there, but usually we don't have it for so long.

  5. That tragedy made the news here and is a good reminder to us to stay aware. So sad.

  6. That flash flood story was very, very sad. I was in Cottonwood on Saturday and around 5:30 I drove into the old town part of the city for dinner and a little wine tasting. I could hear thunder all around us and the skies were certainly threatening looking but no rain fell. Then I drove back to the motel on the other side of town and found that all the cars were wet and puddles were everywhere. I missed the whole thing.

  7. That story made the news here too.

  8. Deserts are dangerous generally, but especially when there are storms around. The new header photo is amazing.

    1. I can't claim the photo. Just one I found on the web.


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