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Old 09-04-2018, 11:19 AM
 
Location: AriZona
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Back east the storms are on top of you are all around, you can't see them in the distance like here and watch the rainfall. The winds/clouds/sun seems different too. It may be the scenery and the smells, etc
It's the Big Sky difference in the western US. "Weather" can absolutely be seen from great distances out here in the Western, Southwestern U.S.
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Old 09-04-2018, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Yavapai County
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It's the Big Sky difference in the western US. "Weather" can absolutely be seen from great distances out here in the Western, Southwestern U.S.
For sure! And I think t-storms are somewhat infrequent in western WA and OR too.
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ
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For sure! And I think t-storms are somewhat infrequent in western WA and OR too.
True that. I have experienced as many t-storms here in one season as I did while I lived in WA state for twelve years. Maybe even more. Definitely betterer ones.
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Old 09-05-2018, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Back east the storms are on top of you are all around, you can't see them in the distance like here and watch the rainfall. The winds/clouds/sun seems different too. It may be the scenery and the smells, etc
I guess people aren't as observant as I was? You could definitely see rain/snow/etc off in the distance back East. I agree the sun here is different as its more intense and the light is more vivid, but the wind and clouds are no different. And more often than not the mountains obscure the clouds, whereas out East there aren't many visual obstructions in most areas.
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Old 09-06-2018, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I guess people aren't as observant as I was? You could definitely see rain/snow/etc off in the distance back East. I agree the sun here is different as its more intense and the light is more vivid, but the wind and clouds are no different. And more often than not the mountains obscure the clouds, whereas out East there aren't many visual obstructions in most areas.
That's backwards by my experience. At least here in Phoenix. The clouds are way above the mountains. You can see them above the Bradshaws, Globe and Payson to the east. Where are you at that the mountains obscure the clouds?

While back east you can see the trees across the street unless you climb a fire tower on top of a hill. At least that's been my experience.
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Old 09-06-2018, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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That's backwards by my experience. At least here in Phoenix. The clouds are way above the mountains. You can see them above the Bradshaws, Globe and Payson to the east. Where are you at that the mountains obscure the clouds?

While back east you can see the trees across the street unless you climb a fire tower on top of a hill. At least that's been my experience.
I'm close to the McDowells. You can see the tops of the clouds, but not the base where the rain and dust lie. And yes, there are less trees here, of course, but there are still trees that block views, so I'm not sure why you think its different? And I spent many years in the cornfields of IL, where views were absolutely unobstructed, and the ground was as flat as a tabletop. I could see storm clouds over Wisconsin, which was over 90 miles away. I would see the massive thunderheads and then check live Doppler to discover they were in another state! Pretty cool.
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Old 09-06-2018, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I'm close to the McDowells. You can see the tops of the clouds, but not the base where the rain and dust lie. And yes, there are less trees here, of course, but there are still trees that block views, so I'm not sure why you think its different? And I spent many years in the cornfields of IL, where views were absolutely unobstructed, and the ground was as flat as a tabletop. I could see storm clouds over Wisconsin, which was over 90 miles away. I would see the massive thunderheads and then check live Doppler to discover they were in another state! Pretty cool.
I'd consider that midwest. Phoenix valley is relatively flat and when we get to higher elevations like N Sdale, N Phoenix, mountains, etc we can see for miles and miles. We rarely got that in New England as it is somewhat hilly and thickly wooded. We did live in a town that was higher than the city of Hartford, CT and could go to a hill where we could see the city and even to the hills up toward MA. It was definitely NOT as accessible as just driving around here though. It was a destination, here, it's common just walking around.
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Old 09-16-2018, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Live:Downtown Phoenix, AZ/Work:Greater Los Angeles, CA
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Per my guidelines, the monsoon is winding down this year. 9/11-9/15 5 day streak of average dewpoints below 50°F. All we need is 3 straight low temps below 75°F and it's over for the year
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Old 09-16-2018, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Yavapai County
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Per my guidelines, the monsoon is winding down this year. 9/11-9/15 5 day streak of average dewpoints below 50°F. All we need is 3 straight low temps below 75°F and it's over for the year
Agree. I was thinking monsoon is done, but there is rain in the forecast for later in the week. Not sure if that is really "monsoon rain" or just early fall rain...
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Live:Downtown Phoenix, AZ/Work:Greater Los Angeles, CA
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Agree. I was thinking monsoon is done, but there is rain in the forecast for later in the week. Not sure if that is really "monsoon rain" or just early fall rain...
It's tropical in nature, coming from Mexico, and areas to the north like Kingman and Vegas are going to be dry
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