Monsoon

monsoon clouds

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

Hot Day

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.

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:

big-bug-creekBig Bug Flowing

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!

morning

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

fall
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.

Monsoon Still Here

Even though summer is not over, there is a hint of fall in the air. We were able to leave the windows open all night on Friday (9/4) for the first time since early June. By Sat. the humidity was back and we had to run AC all night, but it was nice to even get one night AC free!

There is a lot of Monsoon moisture in the air, which makes things icky. It sure produces some pretty clouds, though not much rain lately.

Cloudy sky
Cloud

*Update: A few hours after I published this today, some rain finally moved in! It rained on and off all afternoon and the temp. dropped to 69 degrees. The windows are open and I am smiling. Happy Labor Day!

More Monsoon Action!

The storms have missed us a lot the past several weeks. We seem to be in a spot where they blow by on either side, but often leave us dry. Today was an exception. Nice downpour this morning, finally! I went out to see if the Big Bug was running and sure enough, it was! The storm also dropped our temps by 15 degrees, although it is still very sticky out there.

It was still raining when I went out, so the picture was taken from inside my car. So nice to see the Big Bug get some action again.

Big Bug

One more:

Flowing