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 7/12/2008 10:57 AM
 
I was unable to post this yesterday, photobucket was not cooperating and neither was my computer. Thursday evening we got hit with a monsoon, I love monsoon season as its the only time in arizona we get to see any weather. The fifth wheel did a little rockin the wind was so fierce, and you couldn't see 5 feet out the window. We had more rain in that one storm than we had the whole monsoon season the previous year. Bandit ran upstairs to be on the bed and Gracie, well she always blames me for stuff and won't have anything to do with me during her stressfull episodes, she runs to her little safe spot under the bed. Little Pixie however runs to me shaking like a leaf and begs to be picked up. So we all went upstairs to bed, turned on the tv and just rode it out. Gracie eventually comes to bed in the middle of the night. We got up yesterday to find the patio filled with tumbleweeds, the dogs could not even get out the door. So I had to go out and roll them all up over the fence and out to the street.
One of the neighbors rode by on her golfcart and asked if we faired ok and said there was lots of awnings ripped up. So I ran in the house to get the camera. By the clubhouse a tree got uprooted This is actually a common occurance here even in a low wind storm. Trees just don't bend and go with the flow, except the palm trees. This place lost their patio awning and it landed in a heap two doors down Another missing patio and driveway awning
lots of scraps of awnings all over the place, about 3 fifth wheel awnings (shame on them for not putting them away) and one motorhome awning. Of the park models and permanent TT's there was about 6 total missing and several damaged just a little. I saw one tt (airstream) that had their awning out and strapped down, and it was angled really low and it survived. Its gonna be more of the same for the next few days. Ava, Bandit, Gracie and Xie from the desert of arizona, where the wind blows and the tumbleweeds roll

Ava from the desert of Arizona, where the wind blows and the tumbleweeds roll
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 7/12/2008 11:03 AM
 
I am SO sorry to see all the damage. I'm also happy no one was injured by flying objects.
Know you are happy this only comes during Monsoon Season!!
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 7/12/2008 11:20 AM
 
Wow ! That had to be a crazy storm !!! I'm sure it's sort of fun to have a storm when you never get them :D I suppose once the rains stop you get lots of "stuff" blooming. I'm glad no one got hurt - thanks for the pics !! "If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else." Yogi Berra
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 7/12/2008 12:17 PM
 
these storms usually only last about a half an hour but during that half hour they are fierce, you can see them moving in and then they continue on their way across town. Many streets that go through the dry wash areas get closed and they have what is called a "stupid motorist" law here and you are not allowed to go around the barriers that close the streets. Its like a 2000 dollar fine cause so many people try it and of course they get stalled and have to be rescued. Other times the water comes so fast when your on one of these streets and it automatically washes you away and you still have to be rescued, and you still get the fine. Most of the golf courses are built in these low wash areas and of course they get to looking like a lake. I do feel bad for the ones that get damage, as I would be totally bummed if I had damage but thankfully I can just enjoy the exilerating moment. Ava, Bandit, Gracie and Xie from the desert of arizona, where the wind blows and the tumbleweeds roll

Ava from the desert of Arizona, where the wind blows and the tumbleweeds roll
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 7/12/2008 6:47 PM
 
My sil's parents live in Fountain Hills, AZ and she complains about the red sand that blows and sticks to everything. I guess her screens get packed with the stuff. Lenora & Choco

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 7/12/2008 6:58 PM
 
ah yes, the red dust really sucks. Fountain Hills is not far, I have a few friends there and the temps in FH is usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler than Scottsdale even though its just a few miles. I think its the mountain(hill) its on and in. Ava, Bandit, Gracie and Xie from the desert of arizona, where the wind blows and the tumbleweeds roll

Ava from the desert of Arizona, where the wind blows and the tumbleweeds roll
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 7/12/2008 7:26 PM
 
I remember when I was a kid visiting my Aunt and Uncle in AZ they said that if we were ever in the dry creek bed and hear a rumble/roar sound to run out of the dry creek as fast as we could 'cause a flash flood was comming down stream. They said it didn't even need to be raining where they were, it could be raining upstream - the flood would be much more unexpected if that were the case. I've always remembered that and try to pay attention when I'm in a dry creek "If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else." Yogi Berra
Trudy, Molly and Murphy

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