Friday, July 11, 2008

Reflections on an incredible amount of water

I had a realization last night. I have spent quite a bit of time in Arizona over the years. Probably more than the average North westerner. When I was little all of my grandparents lived here, so we would often visit. When we decided to move here, I knew that I would love it, and I do. But I realized last night that in all the times I have spent here over the years, none of them had been during the summer time. I realized this because one, I have never in my life experienced such scorching heat as 115 degrees. But the second reason that I realized this was that I have never experienced an Arizona summer monsoon. In fact, growing up, I was not even aware that they existed. If you would have asked me as a kid I am not sure I would have listed Arizona as having some of the coolest storms, the mid west maybe, but not Arizona.

Last night was my first experience with a monsoon. I have to tell you that besides the monsoon that we experienced when we were in Japan, I have never seen so much rain at one time. The problem with water in Arizona is that it has no where to go, the ground is so hard that it cannot absorb it. I was having coffee at a nearby Starbucks with two friends when it started. We just sat there watching the craziness all around us in the comfort of a dry place. As we began to get ready to leave we started realizing the reality of the situation. The roads in some places were completely flooded and cars were getting stuck all over the place. Luckily, I was not too far from my house so the drive home was pretty easy. But they have a rule here in Arizona. If you get stuck in standing water during a monsoon and the police have to come rescue you, they can either give you a ticket or give you a fine for the trouble it cost them. This is especially true if you decide to drive past a police barricade which were all over last night.

I wish I had a picture to post. I tried to take one while I was sitting at a stop light, but somehow it did not get saved in my phone. Maybe with the next one I will take a picture so all of you from the North west can truly see what a monsoon here looks like.

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