Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Wow! We had a monsoon-type storm this afternoon and it's not even monsoon season yet. Typical of these storms, it came out of nowhere without warning. We went from a hot sunny 106 degrees to a thick stormy 82 within 15 minutes. The huge yellow dust clouds came barreling through and completely blocked the sun. This storm made the evening news as they had to immediately close all the airports and wait for things to clear. The storms pass as fast as they come so within the hour we were in the clear again. We actually had some rain with this storm. Granted, it wasn't much, but at least there was some. That's the first time in months and months and months. It was quite something to watch the rain drops hit the hot pavement as they evaporated almost the moment they touched ground. This is an awesome state. You never know what the weather will throw at you next. Love it here!

These photos were taken within 5-10 minutes of each other. You can get a feel for how quickly the dust storms pass. There are still huge clouds of dirt passing over but at least the sun can shine through again.

This next photo is phenomenal. At first I thought my lens was broken or something but then I realized that all the "crystals" you see are actually the reflection of the camera flash against all the dirt that was blowing through the air. If you look closely at the center of the photo, you can make out the headlights of a car that was coming down the street. Wonder if I could win a photo contest with this one!
Of course, tomorrow morning you'll see me and the neighbors out sweeping and vacuuming and washing all our outside furniture, golf carts, and cars as everything gets covered with grit. Oh well....it gives us something to do.

More Palm Creek news! This double-wide village home was put in place yesterday afternoon. This is the new home for Roger (Yogie) and Linda Balzan at Site 1310. I'm sure they'll be watching and monitoring its progress.