Sunday, January 24, 2010
Surviving the storm of the century
Right now we are in the middle of the "wet" season where we get about an inch of rain a month. Often a huge winter storm will hit the state dropping a lot of snow at places with an elevation of 5000 feet or more, while we see a quarter inch of rain. Not this past week.
Two storms hit the area with the first one starting to move in on Sunday and lasting til Tuesday. This storm dropped a lot of rain on the area where we saw over an inch of rain on Tuesday night alone. Then the second storm hit Thursday morning and brought with it sustained winds in our neighbor of over 55MPH, the lowest atmospheric pressure ever recorded in Phoenix, and a lot more rain. Things finally cleared out on Saturday. When it was all said and done, we had almost 2.5 inches of rain in our neighborhood.
Some of the media folks were calling this the storm of the century due to the massive flooding that occurred, especially to the north and west when they had over seven inches of rain in one day. We survived with only minor damage to a few roofing shingles that Steven fixed on Saturday.
Here are some pictures that Steven took during the storm this week. Steven was fortunate enough to borrow a real camera for a while so he could take better pictures.
Most neighborhoods have a park that is designed to become a storm water retention basin during heavy rain:
We can see snow on the mountains in the distance:
Bonus picture! A couple of weeks ago, the girls took a polar bear plunge in the pool: