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 >>
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 >>
Why Arizona wine? In 2000 -- the year I planted my first vineyard at the end of a lonely, dusty road in Cochise County, 12 miles south of Willcox -- one of the 10 Best 'How to Lose Money' jokes on Saturday Night Live was: Plant a Vineyard In Arizona. Arizona is all Sonoran Desert, obviously suicid ... More >>
The end of Phoenix metro area may be nigh, at least, according to one guy.A writer who focuses mostly on environmental affairs in the Southwest says that Phoenix just keeps getting hotter, and among other problems, it could lead to a Superstorm Sandy-like or Hurricane Katrina-like disaster.
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.
The internet's most beloved meat is imperiled by the droughts that have been sweeping the globe this last year. Britain's pork trade group recently started sounding the alarm stating that a European pork shortage is "unavoidable." See Also: Ron Swanson Does Bacon Beat Poetry See Also: Everything's ... More >>
See also: Pontiak Makes an Album About Driving from Phoenix to Texas The last time we blogged about the brothers Pontiak --Van, Lain, and Jennings Carney -- we discussed their EP, Comecrudos, a concept record designed for a drive through the American Southwest. It garnered an interesting comment fr ... More >>
Unbelievably, there was only one fatality in a series of large-vehicle wrecks on Interstate 10 yesterday afternoon, and the deceased has been identified 66-year-old William Tatsch of Austin, Texas.In total, there were three separate wrecks -- involving nearly 30 vehicles -- caused by a dust ... More >>
Image: @jeffgokeeCheck out this and other shots from readers of last night's "jegos" on the New Times site. Nothing against the Sudanese, but "haboob" is a dumb-sounding name to English-receiving ears. It inspires more ridicule than the awesomeness these wind-blown monsters deserve.The news m ... 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: 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 >>
Greer lost six structures last night to the still-growing Wallow fire, but weather conditions are expected to improve today for firefighters.A U.S. Forest Service spokesman said the blaze, for now, is holding to its eastern borders."It did push into some structures last night, but we were able to ... More >>
THIS was the worst part of Bush's presidency. What that guy on the right said that night.It's soapbox time, everybody.In a recently taped interview with Matt Lauer, George W. Bush claimed that Kanye West's candid outburst on the September 2, 2005 Concert for Hurricane Relief telethon -- "George B ... More >>
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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 >>
For anyone unfamiliar with the physics of electricity and metal, swinging steel rods through the air during a storm is a great way to get yourself zapped by lightning. That, it seems, was the case for a Tucson man who died yesterday after being struck by lightning while playing golf over the ... More >>
Today is Groundhog's Day and Pennsylvania's most famous marmot emerged from his hole in Punxsutawney this morning to see his shadow, which, of course, means there will be six more weeks of winter.Normally we would rely on morning shows like Good Morning America to broadcast Phil's findings but th ... More >>
Valley skiers want to see fresh powder in the high country, and today's storm system is bringing plenty.But the weather will need to clear up a bit before anyone can enjoy it.Blizzard conditions today shut down Sunrise Ski Resort and Arizona Snowbowl, the state's premier snow-skiing spots. Ima ... 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 >>
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