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Either I Spoke Too Soon

Or my general cynicism about Phoenix Weather came to a head yesterday. After my whinging about the lack of rain that had been in the forecast, last night the heavens opened and dropped more water on Phoenix in approximately 7 1/2 hours than we normally get in an entire monsoon season.

This was our parking lot at work:

And this, where it was flowing, is normally a fairly deep and very dry trench leading down to the Salt River (beyond the railroad tracks in the background):

And this, here, is above where the water was flowing down into the parking lot -- see all those big rocks? The water threw those all over the parking lot. They used to all be stacked neatly up beyond:

It was very impressive. Our house is pretty high up, while my office is rather low-lying, but aside from flooded streets and parking lots, we're fine -- however, Barb's office was closed, and nearly 20 people called in (or had to leave) at my work; it was the first time in all the years I've lived here that the freeways were closed due to flooding (that NEVER happens) as well as surface streets. It took our NPR announcer almost 10 minutes to list off all the road closures on the morning traffic report. Parts of Buckeye looked like a hurricane came through. Our wheelbarrow in the back yard is completely full -- we'll have to dump it before it breeds mosquitoes (a real concern in an area where the West Nile virus is known to pop up).

So... I guess I should complain about the weather more often.

Of course, it's still 90 degrees and now EXTREMELY humid (especially for us), and it's still going to top 100 this week. How's that?


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 9th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
Whoa! What amazing pictures! I am extra impressed, having lived there and knowing how the city usually looks!
Sep. 9th, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
Good luck with the mozzies. I'm sure they'll just love all that water.

What a...fun...storm! /sarcasm font

But I love playing in water like that.
Sep. 9th, 2014 03:40 am (UTC)
I bet it's hot and sweaty now. Like I said to Barb, my mom was asking how you fared. Glad you're okay.

impressive pics though
Sep. 9th, 2014 04:43 am (UTC)
This morning I had to wade through a parking lake to get to my car, and at work I waded through a parking lake to get to the office. Both times the water came well over my ankles. Tonight you could barely tell the parking areas had been wet.

Several people at my work were unable to come in due to flooding. Our copier got wet, for Crissake! Apparently there is a little metal door over it where you can get into conduit and such, and the rain actually leaked through the roof and dripped onto the copier. Thank goodness they got it dried out and working, because I had a proposal to ship!

On the plus side, it is really nice and cool this evening. Yeeesss.
Sep. 9th, 2014 10:08 am (UTC)
Yikes! And, hugs.
Sep. 10th, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
No 4-wheelin' in the warshes now, ya hear?
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