Monday, September 21, 2009
Fall in the Desert
It is a common misconception that we don't have 4 seasons in the desert. I don't agree. Our Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring may not be conventional, but you can definitely feel the changing of the weather. Basically summer is our reverse winter. We hide out inside, we head to the movie theatre, we get out of town in search of cooler weather. Summer runs from June-August. September, October & November (Fall) are still warm but, I find by mid-September I can get out and hike, walk my dog, ride my bike, etc. January & February are cold. Okay, it isn't REALLY cold - but it is coldER, especially as compared to 116-117 in the middle of Summer. Winter comes and goes in a blink of an eye (much like Summer for most of you non-desert dwellers). And Spring seems to last the longest. It starts to warm up in February and reaches 100 degrees sometime in May. Although we don't have a changing of the leaves or snow to mark the movement of the seasons, I can definitely feel the seasons change. For instance, the temperature finally dipped down lower than 100 degrees this past week. Guess what I did? I hung my Halloween lights and hung my pumpkin wreath on the door. Then, I laced on my hiking boots and took the nearby city park - Piestewa Peak (Squaw Peak to natives) for a hike. I didn't have to look at the calendar to know, it's officially Fall. Low and behold, today is the last day of Summer. Being a desert dweller, that is wonderful to hear. Yay for Autumn!