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The Gates of Hell Open

The Gates of Hell Open

The Gates of Hell Open

They are fully opening this week.  A former local weatherman used this phrase to announce the coming of the heat.  Full-time residents of Phoenix know how to live in 100 degree weather.  After a few years of acclimation 100 degrees is considered absolute balmy.  Depending on if I am driving in the city or on the highway I may not turn on the AC in my SUV.

When is too hot?

At certain temperatures even the most hardened Phoenician raises the white flag when the weather gods think we have had it too easy.  When is it too hot in Phoenix? The general consensus is 110 degrees.  The difference between 100 and 110 degrees to the outsider may seem trivial.  I can tell the difference in how I feel.  I first noticed the difference when I moved here in the 1990’s.   I had a job working second shift at an electronics company.  Once a week I would go out to eat dinner with the other people in my section.  One night about 8 pm the outside temp was 105 degrees.  The night air while not cool at least it was not overbearing.  The next time I went out to eat the outside temp at 8 pm was 108 degrees.  The way my body felt completely changed.  Even at night the air was oppressive.  It seemed to be a little harder to breath.  There was nothing refreshing about the air that night.

Hellish Temps begin at 115 degrees 

Officially the hottest temperature recorded at Sky Harbor airport was 122 degrees.  That is not the highest unofficial temperature recorded in Arizona.  The highest unofficial temperature was recorded in Lake Havasu City was 128 degrees on June 29, 1994.  About six years ago I wanted to find out how hot it was in my backyard.  My weather station read 114 degrees in the shade.  I took my meat thermometer out in the back yard in the direct sun. The thermometer read 124 degrees.  That is beyond hot.  The gates of hell open.

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Where is everyone going?

Where is everyone going?

Where is everyone going? 

Here in Phoenix my business partner and I have noticed that the traffic has steadily increased the past two weeks.  When the shutdown first started the lack of traffic on the roads reminded me of the zombie apocalypse.  Only without the zombies.   We were quite literally the one of the only cars on the new 202 westbound.  This past Thursday the I-17 was bumper to bumper going north at 3 pm in the afternoon. HUH! What is going on?

Out for a Sunday Drive?

Are more businesses opening or are people just tired of being at home?  Judging from the number of vehicles on the road I can guess there are people tired of staying at home.  You can only binge on Netflixs for so many hours before you butt starts to hurt.  The same goes with board and card games.  Sometimes you just need to get out of the house.  Last week I spoke to one my siblings.  He told me he took a drive just for something to do.  I can see that if you are driving around your neighborhood.  Do you really need to be on 1-17 at 2pm in the afternoon just to go for a drive?  If you have no place to go then stay off the highways at rush hour.

What Next?

There is growing pressure for Governor Ducey to reopen the economy.  This is in spite of the fact the number of confirmed cases and deaths continue to rise.  Arizona does not meet the CDC guidelines of 14 days of declining infections.  There is risk involved in opening the non-essential businesses.  Are you willing to put your parents, grandparents and young children at risk?  According to the CDC 30% of the deaths from coronavirus has occurred in people from 20 to 45 years old. Another 10 precent in the 6 to 18 year old age group have died.  The choice of course is yours whether you think the risks of contracting the coronavirus and passing it to your entire extended family is worth getting back to work a few weeks earlier.  Where is everyone going?

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It’s finally under 100 degrees in Phoenix WOOHOO!!!!

It's finally under 100 degrees in Phoenix WOOHOO!!!!

It’s finally under 100 degrees in Phoenix WOOHOO!!!! After 29 days at or above 110 degrees and 108 days over 100 degrees the weather gods have finally relented. 110 degree days 12 News   While the extremely hot days are behind this does not mean we are finished with the 100 degree day.  October 23, 2003 the high in Phoenix hit 105 degrees.  I personally remember that day.  My neighborhood had an afternoon halloween party for the local kids and an adult party that evening.  Everyone at the kid’s party could not believe it was over 100 degrees so late in the year.

While we all complain about the summer heat, how many of us would trade our summers for six months of winter?   In case you forgot what winter is about, let me remind you. First it is cold.  Sometimes bitterly cold that can be life threatening.  We should not forget about the black ice, freezing rain, sleet, slush, snow and blizzards.  Winter also brings shoveling driveways and sidewalks, unplowed roads and damage cars by the salt used on the roads. When we have a bit of perspective about winters our summers do look so bad after all.  After all Arizona winters are the reason we put up with the 100 degree days.  Call up your friends back east and tell them it’s finally under 100 degrees in Phoenix WOOHOO!!!!

 

 

 

 

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Democratic (In)action

Did you vote in the Phoenix city election last week to keep light rail?  It seems only about 100,000 people out of 1,000,000 registered voters decided to vote.  Out of that 100,000 about 66,000 voted to keep light rail.  To say this another way, 66,000 people decided to let Phoenix spend your tax dollars for light rail even though only about 1% of Phoenix residence use the light rail.  Democracy takes an informed and motivated electorate to function.  By NOT voting you are going to pay up to a billion dollars of your tax dollars to fund the light rail because of the 66,000 that voted for it.