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Now, That’s a Lot of Rain!

Woo Hoo!  Now, that’s a lot of rain.

When I walked out the door after work this afternoon, the wind was blowing, ominous clouds covered the sky, and heavy raindrops began to fall.  I quickly shuffled into the car and turned on my radio.  Flash Flood Warning for Maricopa County.  Great.    

Driving into Phoenix on the looming overpass from the Loop 101 to the Loop 202 was quite the adventure.  At first, I just thought, “Boy, I should slow down.”  Then, the word “hydroplaning” started to flitter through my brain.  By the time I reached the main stretch of the 202, I was envisioning white out snow storms from my childhood.

Thankfully, it didn’t get quite that bad.  But when I stopped to get some gas at Costco, the guy next to me literally stepped out of his car, started to pay, felt the raindrops pummelling him, and promptly ran back to his car and drove off.  He must be a native.  :)

I took the side streets home, and boy, am I glad I was driving our Jeep.  Those were some big “puddles.”  Everyone was trying to drive in the middle of the road, which was pretty interesting considering the fact that these are two-way streets.

Eventually, after passing a few bushes in the road and a lot of downed palm fronds, I pulled into our driveway and gave thanks that all this excitement meant that my nearly dead front lawn would have a shot at making it through the rest of the summer.

For those of you not from Phoenix, I promise it really does rain here, and this is a true story.  Monsoon season is a reality, not just something Phoenicians make up to convince themselves to feel better.  And if you don’t believe me, I dare you to come visit in the midst of an infamous Phoenix summer!


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  1. bajy

    I get a kick out of “monsoon” season in a place so hot that the rain must evaporate before hitting the ground. Still I did see in rain once so I guess anything is possible.

  2. Tim

    It sure was crazy today…

    Reminded me of a ominous movie scene…

    “Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
    Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”?
    Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
    Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
    Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
    Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…
    Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
    Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

    And all on the first day of 1070. Coincidence? hmmm

  3. Loved the step-by-step – I could totally picture everything that was happening…and I’m glad you’ll have green grass! :) Glad you wrote, Anna :)

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