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Monsoon Season

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Well, yet again, we get a 100 year event. They seem to come much more often than every 100 years! Yesterday, parts of Phoenix and the surrounding area received a deluge of rain - up to 3 inches in areas within an hour (we average 7 to 8 inches of rain in a normal year). Our main freeway was shut down because the pumps in the underpasses could not handle the volume of water and they broke down. There was a lot of street flooding because there was so much water it could not drain off fast enough. A lot of our soil is clay and we pave way too much, leaving nothing to absorb the water. Other areas received little or no rain at all. To give you an idea of what we experienced here are a few photos I borrowed from our local paper's website: www.azcentral.com:

The freeway:

Street flooding:

Luckily I was safely at the dentist when the rain hit, and my house received only a trace of rain in the rain gauge!

My dad used to say that a cowboy could wash his hands in an AZ rainstorm and not get his cuffs wet!
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    Nuts, scary stuff

    Thanks for sharing makes me know how lucky I am.

    1106 days ago
    Wow-that is crazy rain! Glad you are safe.
    1111 days ago
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    The national news carried a lot of the tumultuous weather you are having in your area. So far we have hot and really humid...the corn and the soybeans love it. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1112 days ago
    Great pictures. Looks like some people had some damage. It rains here every day now but we are on high ground.
    1112 days ago
    Yikes! I have a friend in Phoenix whose truck got stuck in a sinkhole. Y'all stay safe out there!
    1113 days ago
    I won't complain about rain again after seeing this! Hope all is back to normal soon! ☺☺☺
    1113 days ago
    We're in BCC and hmthe monsoon has been really good to us this year. We had nothing yesterday when Phoenix got pounded. Today we had an inch and a half and not complaining!
    1113 days ago
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