Water water everywhere … but Phoenix.
It’s the last week of August. Approaching autumn, haha, right!
And yet again Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect for today and tomorrow for us baking here in southern (and central) Arizona.
Predicted highs of 114 F. (45 C). Near record-breakers.
This current excessive heat spell is the fourth of the month. Our hottest day this month (Aug 5) was 115 (46.1C).
For comparison, the average high in August is 102 F. (38.8 C).
Equally newsworthy but more frightening is the absence of monsoons. This desert state depends on a few months of massive rainfall for its annual precipitation.
Grab the galoshes! …
… for a whopping 0.11 inch (0.27 cm) of rain has fallen in August.
Average monthly precipitation is 0.94 inch (2.38 cm).
Our hot season — when daytime temps strike triple digits (100 F … 37.7 C) and there remain — runs from around June to October.
That’s of 4-5 months of an unrelenting dry summertime Bake-Off. Not even Pillsbury could pull this off!
It is taxing.
It is trying.
It is time for frying eggs!
That’s a stock photo. Sidewalk egg-frying competitions, official and unofficial, do occur.
I myself have never given it a go.
I’m partly curious and partly recoiling. I mean, if I can actually cook an egg on a sidewalk, then I’m in the fucking wrong place!! And I need to haul my a** outta here and get back to water, baby.
Water baby. Pisces. That’s me. Water is my element, the ocean my joy, my place, my natural home.
This is my first full summer in Phoenix. It’s pure bad luck that it’s been one of the driest and hottest on record.
Because it’s my first, I’ve paid attention to my experience and responses — physically, emotionally, mentally.
I’ve sought to use these taxing hot dry months that go on and on and on as an educational experience to help chart my course in current Bigger Life Choices and Demands — primarily where to live and settle down and Move No More!
I’m 62. I’ve moved like 60 times. Most on my own — independent, without movers or much if any help.
It is enough. I’ve got maaaaaaaybe one more move left in me. Which is why it’s SO incumbent upon me to make a positive and lasting choice of location.
Like 114 F. (45.5 C) … on August 28 … Phoenix, Arizona. Not leading that list.
There is this silver lining however.