Arizona can be unpredictable sometimes. From legal gay marriage to a Phoenix snow day, here are 10 things you never thought you'd see in Arizona:
The remnants of two hurricanes caused extremely rainy days and flooding around Phoenix last month, and the remnants of a third storm are headed this way. However, at this point, the National Weather Service's forecasts indicate that Simon, the current tropical storm in the Pacific, won't bring the ... More >>
Yet another storm in the Phoenix area this weekend caused more damage, including flooding, downed power lines, fires, and more. "We were extremely busy [on Saturday]," Phoenix Fire Captain Ruben Saavedra tells New Times.
More rain is expected to hit Arizona this week, bringing with it the possibility of more flooding in the Phoenix area. National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Woodall tells New Times a flash-flood watch will be in effect from tomorrow morning through Thursday afternoon, although there are indic ... More >>
Welcome to Phoenix, where a few inches of rain have pretty much turned the city into Atlantis. Rainfall records are on pace to be broken, schools are being canceled, power outages are being reported, and cars are floating in the middle of the interstate.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a "small tornado" touched down in Mesa over the weekend.According to the NWS, the tornado took a hot tub about a mile west of downtown Mesa, and several people reported watching the hot tub spinning over an apartment complex, before it landed upside-do ... More >>
Just to illustrate how miserable other parts of the country are right now, it feels about 110 degrees warmer in Phoenix than it does in Minneapolis, at the time of this post.It's around -12 degrees in Minneapolis, according to AccuWeather, but it feels like it's about -40 degrees. In Phoenix, it's a ... More >>
There's never been a summer in Phoenix hotter than this one.The average temperature of 95.1 degrees from July to August is the highest on record, according to the National Weather Service.
Arizona State Forestry DivisionThe Yarnell Hill Fire on June 29.The Arizona State Forestry Division has released an outline of the events surrounding the June 30 deaths of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire.The timeline includes orders for resources to fight the fire -- orders that weren't nec ... More >>
If you've read mainstream media accounts of the moments leading up to the death of 19 firefighters in Yarnell, then you've been led to believe that a "sudden" thunderstorm is what sent the Granite Mountain Hotshots into harm's way.That's not the case, former New Times reporter John Dougherty has dis ... More >>
At about 9:30 p.m. last night, our iPhone -- and perhaps yours, too -- began buzzing like bridge of the Enterprise just before a Romulan attack. Dashing to the kitchen counter, where the phone was plugged in and recharging, we discovered that no, North Korea hasn't launched an EMP strike -- it was ... More >>
Winter's over -- the temperature was 100 degrees at Sky Harbor Airport yesterday.According to the National Weather Service, it hit 100 at 1:15 p.m. yesterday, April 28, which is only slightly earlier than usual.See also:-Anchorage, Alaska Has Been Warmer Than Phoenix
Every so often, some group of well-meaning progressive bowdlerizers forces the ACLU to explain why it defends the right of the Ku Klux Klan (et al) to say ridiculous and offensive things, and the result is usually an argument that neither party enjoys having. Robin Thicke's new video, "Blurred Lines ... More >>
Here's something in Phoenix you can enjoy during the summer and winter: obnoxious names for weather events.It's nearly impossible to live in the Valley for more than five minutes without hearing the word "haboob," and yesterday, meterologists decided to piss on everyone's parade, and tell people tha ... More >>
Excuuuse all of us who thought it's been snowing in Phoenix this afternoon.According to the weather Nazis -- by "weather Nazis," we mean every meteorologist in the Valley, as well as the National Weather Service -- it's some substance called "graupel" that's dropping in Phoenix.
In less than a year, KPHO -- always "Telling it Like it is" -- has managed to run three stories about chupacabra sightings.Now the local news station is tackling bigger and badder mythical beasts, hooking up with the Navajo Nation Rangers to check out "investigative reports" of other creatures that ... More >>
www.ledzeppelin.comYou may have witnessed a mysterious light flash over Phoenix earlier tonight. Apparently, a lot of people did. We didn't -- but a "slew" of KPHO viewers, and Phoenix Sergeant Steve Martos, the Phoenix P.D.'s Air Unit, and several other Phoenix police officers certainly did.Of t ... More >>
Phoenix New TimesAll it takes is a little dust to get Valley media outlets in a tizzy.Last night's Haboob wasn't quite as spectacular as the one that swept through the Valley earlier this month, but that didn't stop local media outlets from turning their respective websites into Haboob-central as ... More >>
Image: National Weather ServiceA Doppler radar image captures the enormity of the July 5 dust storm. The July 5 dust storm was among the most "significant" ever seen by National Weather Service experts who have been in the Valley 30 years, according to a new online report.Everything you wante ... More >>
Image: YouTubeAn ongoing drought in the southeastern part of Arizona, which has seen little rainfall in recent months, made last night's dust storm "exceptional," an official with the National Weather Service says."This came from a thunderstorm complex not far from Tucson," says Phoenix NWS meteo ... More >>
Image: U.S. Drought MonitorArizona's drought is actually easing -- for the western part of the state. After the storm like the one the Valley had last night and all the wildfires, you'd think Arizona was one giant dust bowl.You'd be wrong.Despite "exceptional," bone-dry conditions in the sout ... More >>
www.thrasherstallons.comAnyone living in the city of angels got a little taste of Phoenix today, as temperatures hovered around 110 degrees for most of the day.Most people living in Los Angeles are novices when it comes to hellacious, oppressive, unfair heat. So, as you might expect, everyo ... More >>
Image: Ray Stern Camelback MountainWe stepped out of the house just before 6 a.m. yesterday to hike Camelback Mountain and nearly jumped back inside. It was about 90. The air was warm and fluffy, like we'd climbed into a sleeping bag in a sauna. We weren't deterred, though ... More >>
We're doomed! Probably not.The National Weather Service has issued an improbable tornado watch for Maricopa and Pinal counties until 10 p.m.Sorry, snowbirds, Phoenix isn't nothin' but sunshine all the time.According to the National Weather Service, a major tornado in Phoenix is incredibly r ... More >>
Most conspiracy theories are so ridiculous, it's hard to choose which are the least plausible or which faces the higher mountain of opposing evidence. Some seem within the realm of the possible, such as the ones that surround the assassination of JFK, the Pearl Harbor attack or the murder of Pr ... More >>
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