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We had a big monsoon storm in the Arizona desert yesterday, which was a nice break from the summer heat. I know in many places, getting rain isn’t big news, but here, when it rains, it usually pours — cats, dogs, elephants, wooly mammoths — you get the idea! Every once in a while, the rain leads to flooding, and several parts of the Valley were affected. We were lucky we didn’t have any major damage. 

Last night, we sat on the patio and enjoyed the cool evening, which is a rarity for August! It was still raining, but the setting sun was trying to break through the dark clouds.

arizona monsoon clouds and sun shining

Remember the sunny sunflower I showed you last week? This is how it looked last night. 

drooping sunflower after the arizona rain and monsoon

It’s standing up again today, minus a few more petals. The  yard was flooded, but you can see that the grass is nice and green. The water level in the pool rose, but it never got past the rim.

rain and pool water rising after arizona monsoon

The kids love puddles, even when they’re not so big. Whenever we go out after a storm, I have to keep the younger ones from stomping in the puddles. But when we’re at home, they can wiggle their toes in the water without a problem!

bare feet in the puddles after arizona monsoon

The last time it rained, the kids found a little desert toad in the yard and named him Hopkins. My little guy was excited to have a pet toad, until he realized that Hopkins didn’t plan on staying. So yesterday, he went out calling for the little toad, but Hopkins probably found another yard to explore. With the furboys in residence, who can blame him!

We took a brief walk in the desert to see if any water remained, but it had all drained away. The ground is still wet, and signs of our second spring are starting to appear.

wet ground and green plants in the desert after monsoon

This brief cool spell after the monsoon has been awesome, and I can’t wait to start decorating and crafting for fall. It’ll get hot again, but still, I can dream, can’t I?

How’s the weather in your part of town?

Thanks for stopping by for a little slice of our life in the desert. Enjoy your day!

Dee šŸ™‚

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