Phoenix Fall – January 4, 2009
As I was cruising through the Higley Groves subdivision in Gilbert earlier today, the feeling of the fall season really hit me. It was a chilly 49 degrees, the sky looked wintery, and the trees that line the streets in Higley Groves had turned all those lovely orange and brown shades of autumn. Leaves were beginning to fall.
So while technically Fall began on the Autumnal Equinox — September 22, 2008 — and ended with the Winter Solstice on December 21, I’m proclaiming today, January 4, 2009 as the unofficial first day of Fall in Phoenix.
Winter is just around the corner.
I realize this proclamation may annoy our friends and readers in more northernly territories, but hey — this is one of the main reasons we live in Phoenix. While I do tend to get a little whiney in the summer when the temperature breeches 115, it’s pretty hard to complain about the fall and “winter” here.
Here’s a little graphic showing the typical Phoenix Fall weather:
Yesterday I head the temperature in Saskatoon, Canada where I have several friends was -53F. I don’t know if that was the wind chill or actual temperature. Whatever, -53 is simply ridiculous. Looks like it’s warmed up considerably today:
At this moment in time, Francy is out with clients from Edmonton and Grand Prairie, Alberta where it is practically balmy compared to Saskatoon:
I’ve never visited Edmonton (I have been to Saskatoon – in February). I suspect it is lovely city. I know the people there are great as without fail everyone we’ve ever met from Edmonton (and all across Canada) have been super nice people. Funny, friendly, caring people — we have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting to know lots of Canadians. I do wonder what goes through their heads when they look outside and see snow and temperatures well below zero. Of course they probably wonder what goes through our heads when we look outside and see gooey asphalt and temperatures well above 100…
So my fellow Phoenicians, enjoy the Fall. Winter will be here soon and you never know, we may have 4 or 5 weeks of it. No whining though!
Another shot of the Phoenix fall colors taken today