Unique/unusual PHX weather - enjoy!

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    Jul 20, 2007 5:33 PM GMT
    It rarely snows in Phoenix, it can, but not often - well here are some pics of what it looks like when it does:

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    Superstition Mountains

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    Another view of the Superstitions

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    Yet another of the Superstitions

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    Of all things - a snow covered Palm Tree!

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    A snowy DESERT?!

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    This is Sedona - a.k.a. "Red Rock Country" - it isn't so unusual for it to snow there - I just thought the picture was pretty.

    We also get rather spectacular storms - usually this time of year (monsoon) - check out the lightning - which by the way, hit a power pole in my back property last summer! Funny story - but here are some pics...
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    I can't recall ever having a tornado in PHX - but once in a while, the conditions form funnel clouds. We usually only get, "microbursts."

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    Have a great Friday!
  • zakariahzol

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    Jul 21, 2007 3:55 AM GMT
    This strange weather. There must be some truth in the global warming phenomena. Some place never have snow, got it , vice versa
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    Jul 21, 2007 4:12 AM GMT
    Those are some awesome pics! I lived in PHX during the 80's. During that time, the city was twice blanketed with around an inch of snow, although it melted by mid-morning. Additionally, the McDowell Mountains (NE of PHX) were snow-capped at least a half-dozen times. I also seem to recall that it snowed six inches in LA around that same time. Generally speaking, I think weird weather is probably more "normal" than we realize. ;)
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    Jul 21, 2007 4:15 AM GMT
    Just to clear up any confusion. That snow was from earlier this year.

    Although it is Monsoon season and we had a hell of a storm last night!
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    Jul 21, 2007 5:10 AM GMT
    Snow in the Phoenix area mountains is infrequent but not unusual.

    Glad to hear that NRG and ww1969 finally got their thunderstorm!!

    Global Warming is a fact. However, any one weather event or occurrence is not proof of any climate change, since year to year swings occur normally anyway.

    However, for the West...of the four coupled-atmosphere-ocean models...all four show higher variability around a warmer average temperature. That means, the average temperature goes up, but the swings around the average get larger...which means still some cold episodes.

    For we folks in California, two of the four models suggest wetter than normal precipitation and two normal, and all suggest larger swings around the average....very very wet years and very very dry years.

    Get used to the roller coaster folks....particularly you younger ones.
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    Jul 21, 2007 5:12 AM GMT
    Gad...I meant, "...for us folks in California..."

    Man, typing fast has its hazards.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 22, 2007 12:41 AM GMT
    Those are seriously great weather pictures,NRG579!And those ones of lightning bolts!Talk about forked lightning!I always envied you guys in the states for the ferocity and variety of your weather,especially the storms you have.I have relatives in Canada,so any one here complains about how cold the British winters are,I suggest they try one over there.
    Srill,we`ve had some odd weather this year.The driest and warmest February,April,and May since 1659.But since early June it`s just rained and rained,non-stop.A month ago we were flooded out all over Britain,and now it`s happened again!My local river`s flooded twice this year,and only once before since World War Two!And it`s not stopped raining for two and a half days here!A while back Birmingham was struck by a tornado the Midwest would have shuddered at.
    The weather seems to be more erratic than ever,just what you`d predict if global warming(man made) was really true.
    Thanks for the pictures again!Hugs,John.

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    Jul 23, 2007 6:00 PM GMT
    Thanks! I don't know that the weather service has determined that we actually have entered monsoon season '07, but it should be official any day now. Heard the locust about 3 weeks ago, & once that happens it's only a matter of about 2-3 weeks. So excited!
  • venusrider

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    Feb 21, 2013 5:14 AM GMT
    Today's storms were awesome. It snowed in Scottsdale during the day. Ive seen accumulation in the mtns, or at night..but not during the day.

    Sure, it was gone as soon as it stopped, but cool none the less!