I have bad memories of the terrible Phoenix summers. It’s been 16 years since I moved from there, and I do not miss it.
The high temperature at Phoenix Sky Harbor spiked to 117 degrees Friday afternoon. This breaks the old record high for the day set back in 2012, when the temperature soared to 113 degrees. This also makes for the warmest high temperature recorded so far this year.
In fact, this is the warmest temperature recorded since 2013 when the temperature soared to 119 degrees on June 29.
But the records do not stop with the high temperature.
The low temperature Friday morning in Phoenix only dropped to 93 degrees. The record warm low temperature for this day is 89 degrees set back in 2002.
On June 26, 1990 it was 122 degrees in Phoenix Az. I lived there at that time, I remember getting of work in the late afternoon and thinking “It seems even more freakin’ hot than usual”. When I watched the news that evening I found out I was more than correct. They even closed the airport due to heat that day.
My worst Phoenix summer weather experience was in August of 1997, when a “microburst” from a monsoon thunderstorm tore the roof off my house. I was home alone with my black lab Chelsea. The sky turned bluish black, electric power failed (a regular thing in monsoon season), torrential rain fell. Then I heard a howling angry wind like a freight train. The windows rattled, the house started to shake. Tornado? I had never been in one before. Chelsea and I ran into the office in a small downstairs bedroom where the big gun safe was. I sat with my back to it and held the dog, thinking if the house collapsed that big safe should provide some protection from falling debris. We heard a sound like velcro being separated, and then the roof peeled off the house, hung in mid-air for a moment, and then it landed in the street in front of the house and shattered. Shingles, chunks of wood, insulation flew off into another zip code. Scared the you-know-what out of me. I got wet, but not injured. It was then that I seriously started considering relocating out of that area.
I don’t miss Phoenix at all.