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A Summer Blog, part twenty-six

Thursday, July 26, 2018

I woke to wind and rain this morning and while I do enjoy my morning communing with nature, I’m not willing to take it to the max and get wet. Morning rain is unusual. We get lots of thunderstorms, but they typically occur during the afternoon or evening hours after the heat has a chance to build. An all-day rain without lightning and thunder happens only once every year or two. Our thunderstorms tend to be violent, especially if the main part of the storm happens inside the valley walls and it is not unusual to get 2-3” in less than an hour. If the main storm is outside the valley, we often get heavy run-off from the mesa tops. I have seen the normally dry arroyos run four to five feet deep with rushing water and bring 100+ pound boulders down and drop them where the narrow arroyo widens. Impressive and frightening sight. And that is why you are supposed to stay out of the arroyos. Of course most use them as great hiking trails, just not while it is raining! Even though the rain was barely measurable, I still appreciate that we got some.
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