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Baby it’s cold outside

Baby it's cold outside. 

Baby it’s cold outside.  Cold is relative.  Here is Arizona anything under 60 has the natives looking for their parkas.  If you watch the weather you may have noticed a pattern over the years pertaining to Arizona and winter. The reason for a warm or cold winter has a lot to do with the Jet Stream.

The Jet Stream is a river of high speed air that circulates around the globe.  It keeps the frigid arctic air in Canada and the northern tier states.  A normal winter this is exactly what happens.  Arizona is usually warm and dry when the jet stream stay in the north.  Years when the Jet Stream drops into the southwest we enjoy a cold winter.

The last time the jet stream dipped this far south parts of central and southern Arizona experienced hard freezes. This freeze killed my 25 year old Ficus tree.  Many other people in my neighborhood also lost plants and trees to the hard freeze.  One benefit of a hard freeze is it kills insects including disease carrying insects that thrive in Arizona.

Arizona is not the only state to suffer when the jet stream drops to the south.  Many of the severe winter storms in the midwest and the east coast happen because of the change in the jet stream.  On the bright side it may be cold for Arizona but at least there is no black ice, freezing rain or feet of snow.    So that some solace that your friends and family back east can see the abundant sunshine Arizona is know for even in our cold winters.Baby it’s cold outside.

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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!!!!