There I was. Minding my own business cruising westbound on Interstate 8 on my way to Yuma to visit my Dad and nephews. I had just past the Casa Grande exits and there it was looming. A Haboob! It was racing north toward the freeway as I raced west toward the ocean. (well, if you go far enough) I shouldn’t have done it, but I couldn’t resist. I got out my iPhone and managed to record the following video:
I love El Nino years in the Southwest. As the southern jet stream gets going, more storms take the southern route. That means more rain and snow for places like Tucson.
After a very pleasant (and a warmer than average) November, the Thanksgiving weekend is ending with a nice pattern change. A vigorous storm system is dropping in from the north. The expected track is south through Yuma today and then turning the corner just south of the border. As it tracks to the east just south of Tucson through Monday expect chilly temperatures with rain, and snow as low as 4,000 feet!
This morning we have an area of showers moving north through much of Tucson. The low is still well to our west and the low has been pulling up moisture from the south. Expect areas of showers to continue through the day today. Even though a cold front has already moved through we are still on the warm side of the storm. Today’s high should be near 60.
Tonight, the storm gets closer and the fun should really begin! Scattered showers this evening and overnight with temperatures falling and snow levels dropping. Could see snow sticking above 4,500 feet in places like: Sierra Vista, Tombstone, Sonoita and Bisbee. Snow could fall as low as 4,000 feet which means Oracle has a chance to see the snow fly, although it’s not expected to stick so much. Places like my apartment at 2,600 feet should see chilly rain.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch above 4,500 feet for Sunday night through Monday afternoon for the Upper Gila River Valley, Tucson Metro, Marana, Green Valley, Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties. Could see 2 to 7 inches of snow between 4,500 and 7,000 feet with 8 to 17 inches above 7,000 feet!
With southern Arizona in the favorable northern part of the storm, we should get the best part of the snow as it tracks on by. After the storm leaves we should stay on the chilly side. Highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s through much of next week. Should be a great week to head up to Mt. Lemmon and play in the snow! This won’t be enough to open up the ski area, but sledding, snowball fights and making snowmen will definitely be on the menu.
I was in Yuma this past weekend visiting my sister Martina. She lives in Oregon. Oregon City to be more exact. She and her husband and her two kids drove 21 hours straight to visit my Dad in Yuma for Spring Break. This is a very cool arrangement. My brothers and sisters travel hundreds and hundreds of miles to see Dad and I drive 225 miles to visit them all. Everybody wins, especially me! Well, especially Dad, but me too
My sister Tina has a GREAT sense of humor! How do I know this? Well, she gets me. And I get her. Every time we are together we laugh and it’s fun. We were looking at some of my videos and she asked me to play the one you see below. She thinks it’s the funniest thing! That’s because she gets it. I’m hoping you do too, but judging from what some of my other friends have said, it could go either way.
A few months back I went to Yuma to visit my Dad. My sister Karin was visiting from Oregon along with her kids. We had a BLAST!
One of the fun things we did was put together a DVD. My MacBook Pro has wonderful software for editing video and audio and burning a professional DVD with iDVD. It’s great!
After we shot our interviews and edited it all down it was time for the credits. We needed some closing music. No problem! I have a zillion (or maybe a few hundred) of my favorite songs in iTunes! Awesome. Imagine my surprise and utter disappointment (I’m exagerarting here for slight comedic affect) when most of my songs were REJECTED by Final Cut Express. Every song that I downloaded from iTunes was not accepted. I had a handful of tunes I could use that I had imported from CDs that I owned. We ended up using some Hall & Oates song I had from “The Wedding Singer” CD. (don’t judge me!)
Ever since this somewhat tragic event (OK. Mildly unfortunate maybe) I have switched tactics. I can find all of the same music at exactly the same price and quality at Amazon.com! Best part is, I can use the tunes in movies and videos, even iTunes and it’s no problem!
Well. If I have some music on a video that I upload to say, YouTube or GodTube, and the artist tells me to cease and desist? I will. But, for videos for my own personal use and distribution among my friends and family? No problemo!
That’s why Amazon.com beats iTunes for music.
Now. iTunes is amazing for Podcasts! My favorite Pastor, Pastor Duane Sheriff has a must listen too Podcast in audio, or if you prefer, video. All of his sermons are uploaded the same day, I believe. Listen and be blessed!
Of course, you can download thousands of God inspired messages at the ministry web site, or subscribe to his podcast: www.dsheriff.org
I just got back from Yuma a few hours ago. What a great visit with my sister and her sons and daughter. Not to mention my Dad and Mom too! We had ice cream, swam in the pool, hiked while looking for road runners, played games, went to a baseball game, and just hung out. Did I mention we went for ice cream? Thanx for all the fun you guys!
Click on the pic for more pics on my web site!
I had a “Rockstar” energy drink when I left Yuma this evening at about 5:00. I can’t fall asleep, so I got up to blog a bit. Since I don’t have a lot of readers of the blog (yet I insist on entering entries!) I hesitate to say that I’ll put “someone” to sleep
Hopefully, it’s me!
I am heading back to the Midnight shift August 12th foe who knows how long. I’m thinkin’ I might try “Roskstar” in place of coffee as a midnight wake up drink. Instead of getting up at 11:00 p.m. to drink coffee I could get up at 11:45 and drink “Rockstar” on my to, and at, work. I’ll give it a shot in a couple of weeks.
If you love it so much, why don’t you Marry it?” Well maybe I will!
Soaked. Kinda rare here in the desert, but not unheard of. It POURED overnight with the promise of more rain this afternoon and evening. The airport picked up a record for the date and it’s not even 7am yet! Over an inch and a quarter. Assuming we had more on this end of town (it looked like it on the radar) we are at about 4″ of rain since Saturday!
I’m supposed to drive to Yuma tonight to see my Dad and my sister and her kids who are visiting from Oregon. Depending on the weather, I may wait until tomorrow morning.
In the meantime, just enjoy the coolness of the clouds and the rain. We didn’t even get up to 90 yesterday!
So, I’m driving home from a wonderful weekend visit with my Dad in Yuma. I was coming home late because we watched the NY Giants beat the Packers in OT in the NFC Championship Game. Bummer, and who would have thought that Green Bay would LOSE the third coldest game in NFL history at home? But I digress.
I got on the road around 8:40 p.m. and it’s a 3 hour drive, so I knew I was going to be sleepy both when I got home, and when I got up for work this morning. I didn’t realize that construction would add almost an hour to my drive!!! ADOT is doing some work just north of Marana. They have the southbound lanes of I-10 merging into one lane. That caused a back-up almost to Picacho Peak! It was stop (literally) and go (10 mph max) for miles. I got home at 12:35 a.m. instead of 11:40 p.m.
I wonder if there is a better way for them to do the construction, but I can’t think of it. That spot on I-10 is pretty much unavoidable for anyone traveling to El Paso, or New Mexico, or even just from Phoenix to Tucson. I couldn’t imagine trying to be in Las Cruces by early AM and running into that construction!
OK. I’m not going to complain to ADOT. Just wanted to vent. Thanx for listening
It was a family reunion of sorts. Dad, Chris and I all met in Yuma for a weekend of visiting and hanging out. I’ve gotta tell you, a fun time was had by all! We were at the iHop in Yuma and wondering out loud how long it had been since the three of us had been together. The answer? 15 years! At my sister Martina’s wedding. Amazing that it’s been so long.
Highlights of the weekend include. Hanging out, visiting, and talking about stuff. Also, I brought some of Grandma’s Famous Spaghetti. That was a big hit. Grandma LIVES!
Another very cool thing was talking about the things of God with Chris. He really is rededicating his life to the creator of all life! Chris is so thankful for all that God is doing for him. To say it was neat would be an understatement!
Oh, I forgot something else we did. Group hug! We’ll be doing it again soon.