Summer is officially over for most of the United States, but for us Phoenicians, not a chance!
We moved here 3 years ago from the green state of Oregon. Quite a climate-terrain change for the whole family but I hate being cold and wet so it was easy for me to slide into the dry desert climate. Did you know there really is a truth to…..”But it’s a dry heat”?
But don’t let Phoenix fool you! There is this season within a season called “Monsoon”. Monsoon season consists of very high temperatures accompanied with just enough humidity to make Phoenix a literal hell on earth. This season usually consumes much of June, all of July and August and if we are lucky just a few days of September.
Summers in Phoenix remind me of the movie The Chronicles of Riddick, starring Vin Diesel. (I love watching movies that have guys with guns and I am not talking about the metal ones.) Riddick goes to this planet called Crematoria where the sun is so intense if it touches your skin you burn up. Kinda like Phoenix! Riddick also sports these awesome sunglasses to protect his eyes, so I always say I have to grab my Riddick glasses before I go out.
On July 2, 2011 we were suppose to reach 120 degrees. I have never experienced 120 degrees before. So I was all excited because I was going to go outside and stand in my front yard for as long as I could handle it. I kept watching my digital thermometer …115….116….117….118….. that was it, 118! I didn’t bother going outside, I had experienced 118 last summer. I was sort of disappointed.
Today it is going to reach 105 and it is dry. No monsoons or dust storms. And it is cooling down at nights at least. Plus the weather man says we will actually hit double digits on Sunday….98 or 99! So maybe Autumn in Phoenix is just a month or two away.