The evening news, and even roadside signs, warned of the coming bad weather here in Arizona. I think there were reports from 3 or 4 people in the field about how to prepare. What were we looking at? Overnight lows below freezing and daytime highs in the 40s until Tuesday!
Here in the Phoenix area, the warnings were about protecting plants from the freezing temperatures. There are lots of oranges and grapefruit still on the trees. Because the weather here is so mild, lots of people have blooming plants out. In fact, the garden centers are selling bedding plants. So this weather can cause lots of damage.
In the northern part of the state, snow, ice and below-zero temps were predicted. We prepared by filling our fresh water tank and disconnecting the water hose.
We have been in Arizona for long enough this winter that we, too, think it is pretty darn cold. But for years I have felt TV news has made too much of the weather. When we were living in Colorado in the winter, a snowstorm, even one depositing no more than 2 or 3 inches, became a major story. Ridiculous.
As I am writing this blog, the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens are in a playoff game in Denver and the stands are packed, even though the temperature is only 14 degrees. I'm sure all those folks would call those of us here in Arizona "wimps."