Watering The Seeds
by Nick Coons
Feb 9, 2005
I know I wrote about this only a few weeks ago, but I think it deserves
another mention, especially in a new light. Several months back, I said
that we were going to have heavy rains this coming winter, and apparently
that has happened. I have another prediction to make, but this one is
We've had wonderful weather recently. Some of the
resevoirs that were down to only 5% of their capacity after this long eight-year
drought have now been refilled to about 80%. That's a tremendous amount
of water! While driving on the Loop-101 in Scottsdale you can see the
desert, once brown and covered only in sparse vegetation now has grass
that looks almost like a professionally-maintained golf course. This is
true all over the state. It's beginning to look a lot like the green that
I remember when I was younger.
This wet season should continue
for another month or two. And then April, May, and June are generally
our dry months for the year before the monsoon
hits. With very little to no rain
during those months, all of this newly-grown vegetation dries out. And
what's another word for dry vegetation when summer is approaching? Fuel.
A season in Arizona of high winds and moisture, normally during July, August, and September. The Arizona Monsoon begins officially after the third consecutive day of the dew point reaching 55 degrees or higher, indicating higher humidity. During the monsoon, dust storms are typical, and rainfall is increased, causing flash floods.
the past three years we've had awful forest fires; the largest in the state's
history, in fact. I remember last year driving on SR87 in the middle of
the night as the Willow Fire burnt all around us. The flashing signs on
the side of the road nearly screaming "DO NOT STOP!" And all of this because
of the drought.
So here's my prediction. I think that this
year we may continue our trend of forest fires. As this particular weather
pattern is a bit new to us, it's hard to predict. The one thing that we
can hope for is that we'll at least see light sprinkling throughout our
Of course, the other thing we can hope for is people
not tossing their cigarettes and glass trash out the window while driving
down the highways. I would like to think it's possible for people to restrain,
but I think our best bet is on hoping for the extra rain.