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Old 06-25-2008, 02:32 AM
 
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Default The real problem with Phoenix weather...

in my opinion, isn't the heat; heat exists in every city in the country at some point during the year. For me, the biggest problem with Phoenix is that the sun NEVER goes away. A year or two ago when we went from October to April without seeing a single drop of rain or even any kind of significant cloud cover, I seriously couldn't take it anymore. It was difficult getting out of bed in the morning just to face another day of the sun blazing down. I know everyone loves sunny weather, but man, there IS such a thing as too much sun.

Anyone else out there ever feel this way about the Valley?
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:47 AM
 
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My wife, a native, definitely feels this way and rejoices when clouds roll in. For the most part, I like the sun, but at this time of year, when it's so high in the sky and so intense, I welcome a break.

Since we can't change the weather, though, I think Phoenix needs to focus on requiring more shade to be built into structures. It's insane that many buildings here are built from national templates without awnings, canopies, or anything that would shelter people from the sun.

There are some hopeful signs. The new light rail stations have been designed to provide shade to passengers all day long during the summer, and there have been some blocks around the ASU Downtown campus redeveloped with lots of shade-giving trees. We need more of this type of design all over town.
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Old 06-25-2008, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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LOL, growing up in grey and sunless cities, I am in Paradise!!! Give me sun or give me death!!!
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:41 AM
 
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IMO, too much of one thing becomes monotonous, no matter which way you look at it. Too much snow, sucks! Too much rain, sucks! Too much clouds, sucks! Too much sun, sucks! Variety IS the spice of life, and I pity those that are subjected to the same thing day in and day out. BLECH.
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Old 06-25-2008, 01:03 PM
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Location: East Central Phoenix
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in my opinion, isn't the heat; heat exists in every city in the country at some point during the year. For me, the biggest problem with Phoenix is that the sun NEVER goes away. A year or two ago when we went from October to April without seeing a single drop of rain or even any kind of significant cloud cover, I seriously couldn't take it anymore. It was difficult getting out of bed in the morning just to face another day of the sun blazing down. I know everyone loves sunny weather, but man, there IS such a thing as too much sun.

Anyone else out there ever feel this way about the Valley?
I agree with your opinion 100%! As you stated, most everyone likes sunny weather, but it can be too much of a good thing. Besides being monotonous, constant sunshine is bad for the existing drought. June is especially bad because it's so dry & sunny, and it's actually pretty normal to not have any rain at all this month.

I'm convinced that too much sun combined with the heat is frying people's brains ... which can explain these idiots who go hiking in the heat, and then are overcome with heat related illnesses, or have accidents while hiking. Of course, a good share of them are transplants who moved here for the sunshine without realizing the consequences of this type of climate. As someone who was born & raised here, I love it when it rains. A lot of the sun freaks seem to dislike any kind of rain here ... but that's their warped mentality (fried brains) at work!
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Old 06-25-2008, 01:08 PM
 
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Yes.

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I know everyone loves sunny weather, but man, there IS such a thing as too much sun.

Anyone else out there ever feel this way about the Valley?
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:23 PM
 
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in my opinion, isn't the heat; heat exists in every city in the country at some point during the year. For me, the biggest problem with Phoenix is that the sun NEVER goes away. A year or two ago when we went from October to April without seeing a single drop of rain or even any kind of significant cloud cover, I seriously couldn't take it anymore. It was difficult getting out of bed in the morning just to face another day of the sun blazing down. I know everyone loves sunny weather, but man, there IS such a thing as too much sun.

Anyone else out there ever feel this way about the Valley?
I think it wouldn't be nearly as frustrating if it didn't stay hot after it gets dark. The "heat island" is a big problem. If it's hot during the day, that's one thing - most people are at work anyway. It's just frustrating that when you're out taking a walk at 9 PM, or going out for dinner and waiting outside, that it's *still* 100 degrees. It just feels relentless, like there's no escape from the heat, and it being that warm in the middle of the evening feels wrong somehow.

And you're right - it might be hot in Chicago and it might be humid, but every so often it rains or it's cloudy and you feel some relief. In Phoenix it's sunny and about 112, reliably, for weeks on end. That kind of monotony feels awful after a time - it's sunny, and that's cheerful, but there's also no escape from it.
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:40 PM
 
Location: AZ
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And you're right - it might be hot in Chicago and it might be humid, but every so often it rains or it's cloudy and you feel some relief. In Phoenix it's sunny and about 112, reliably, for weeks on end. That kind of monotony feels awful after a time - it's sunny, and that's cheerful, but there's also no escape from it.
lol

Why does everyone use Chicago? lol Yes, it can get very hot and humid for a few days in Chicago, but its usually immediately followed with some thunderstorms and a nice, cool, low-humidity cold front, where sometimes the highs one day will be 91 and humid followed the next by 75 and dry. This week is the perfect example...( Chicago Tribune | Weather) we just had about 2 weeks of dry, cool air, and today its getting warm and humid, with rain. The next two days will be blistering hot (by IL standards), then come Saturday afternoon the humidity levels and temps will drop significantly. Im grateful for that because I HATE hot and humid weather, I dont know how they live down south in TX like that. But yes, I agree that PHX is too hot for too long, and the complete lack of clouds (minus monsoon storms) is very tiring. After 2 weeks in AZ Im ready for some clouds and relief from the temps, which I dont often find until Im back in Missouri. lol
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:44 PM
 
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lol

Why does everyone use Chicago? lol Yes, it can get very hot and humid for a few days in Chicago, but its usually immediately followed with some thunderstorms and a nice, cool, low-humidity cold front, where sometimes the highs one day will be 91 and humid followed the next by 75 and dry. This week is the perfect example...( Chicago Tribune | Weather) we just had about 2 weeks of dry, cool air, and today its getting warm and humid, with rain. The next two days will be blistering hot (by IL standards), then come Saturday afternoon the humidity levels and temps will drop significantly. Im grateful for that because I HATE hot and humid weather, I dont know how they live down south in TX like that. But yes, I agree that PHX is too hot for too long, and the complete lack of clouds (minus monsoon storms) is very tiring. After 2 weeks in AZ Im ready for some clouds and relief from the temps, which I dont often find until Im back in Missouri. lol
I use Chicago because I used to live there. And I liked the fact that even in summer, when it was generally hot and humid, there will be times where it stops. Even in winter, there are (admittedly rarely) a few suddenly nice days. But Phoenix just stays the same - if it's hot and sunny, it's hot and sunny for weeks, if not months, on end.
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:49 PM
 
Location: AZ
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I use Chicago because I used to live there. And I liked the fact that even in summer, when it was generally hot and humid, there will be times where it stops. Even in winter, there are (admittedly rarely) a few suddenly nice days. But Phoenix just stays the same - if it's hot and sunny, it's hot and sunny for weeks, if not months, on end.
I didnt know you were originally from Chicago. My bad. That explains it then.... haha
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