Monsoon

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Monsoon Clouds

Wow, it is already August! July flew by. Monsoon finally started around the second week. It seemed to take forever, but once it started, we got nice amounts of rain. Everything is very green and the fires are out. Unfortunately, Mayer has been getting some flooding due to heavy rains on the burn scar of the Goodwin fire. It hasn’t affected our neighborhood, but I feel for the folks right near the Bug Bug Creek.

Right now we are getting a dry break for a few days. It went down in the low 60s last night, so this morning was pleasant. I was going to open the windows, but Mister need to weed whip so I left them shut. I got out and did a bit of weed pulling myself. The place is crazy with weeds due to all the rain, so I feel like I barely made a dent.

Monsoon should be reappearing later in the week. For now, I am enjoying the drier air. Today’s high was about 92, which is hot but tolerable. The cucumbers and beans are beginning to bloom, so we will see what comes of that!

A Very Hot Week

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The Beginning of a Hot Day

It was a hot week. I know this is June in Arizona and we are used to this sort of thing, but this was a really hot week! Miserable, actually. Monday and Tuesday we saw a high of 108 in Big Bug country. Before you feel too bad, Phoenix was 118 and 119 on those days. Today’s high here was only 104, so we are headed in the right direction.

The forecast calls for highs in the 90s next week, which sounds much better. At this point, I’ll take anything under 100. I am waiting anxiously for Monsoon to begin and bring us some lovely rain. I may go ahead and plant beans and cucumbers next week in anticipation of Monsoon beginning shortly.

Gardening Notes. Dec. 28th, 2016

I planted some peas (British Wonder) and radishes (French Breakfast) in the greenhouse. It was a cloudy day, but not super cold and working in the greenhouse warmed me up quickly. I had been meaning to do some planting for the last week and a half, so I figured it was time I get to it!

Not much to see at this point, unless you like looking at dirt in containers like I do. I like to imagine what will come forth from these pots of dirt.

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I used up my 12 gallons of saved rainwater preparing and planting. They are calling for more storms starting late Friday and lasting through the week, so I expect to refill the buckets. It is somewhat unusual for us to have rain in the forecast for seven days straight, even in December. We shall see.

 

Rain and Then Snow

Big Bug country received a nice amount of rain as two storms came our way the end of this week. The first storm came in Thursday and was just rain. We got a total of 1.77 inches! The Big Bug was flowing:

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The next storm started as rain on Christmas Eve day, then turned to snow by the evening. It gave us our first white Christmas since we have lived in Arizona. We get some snow every winter, but getting it on Christmas was especially nice! This storm rain total was .63 inches with about 1/2 an inch of snow.

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Merry Christmas!

Rain On the Way!

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We woke up to a cloudy November morning. The weather forecasters are promising rain, so we will see. Often, the higher the percentage forecast, the less rain we seem to get! This time, they were right. By about 1 pm it started to sprinkle, just as I was outside planting some peas. I’m now sitting inside with the window cracked open, listening to the light, gentle rain. It is always a lovely sound here in dry country. We are supposed to get even more tonight and tomorrow. If so, this will be our first good winter rain of the season. Here’s hoping for many more!

On a different topic, yesterday NOAA successfully launched the new GOES-R weather satellite (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series). I am not a huge space geek, but I do like weather. It is supposed to be able to provide improved information about weather and the environment. I actually happened to see the launch online. Pretty neat stuff.

Hint of a Break in the Heat

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Saturday, Sept. 3rd, was the first day we finally got a “break”! It went down to 55 overnight and we could open windows in the morning. The humidity had eased too. We worked outside in the yard for much of the morning. There will be more heat and humidity to come, but it was nice to get some hope of cooler days.

Agua Fria and a Gila Monster!

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It was nice and cool this morning, so we went down to see how the Agua Fria River was flowing. As you can see, it has water but it is a slow flow. That is not surprising since we had a relatively dry winter this year.

On the way back, we came across a Gila Monster. Very cool to see one of these critters out in the field! He wanted to get away from us as quickly as he could. It looked like something had already taken a chunk out of his tail, so I’m sure he didn’t want to take any chances with the likes of us!

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Gotta Get Away!

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Grrr…Pesky Humans!

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Are They Gone Yet?

We left the monster in peace and headed back towards home. The dark sky over the Bradshaw Mountains was warning of rain. Nice to see the stormy skies in late May.

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