May 11, 2001 Friday
Catching Up. Have missed journal entry days here because of crownonlinemedia.com work and other life necessities. It has turned hot now, 100-degrees in the afternoon, very low humidity. Down to 65 or 70 at night. Mornings are glorious. Evenings too. And a walk to the mailbox at mid-day feels good. Last week was the morning of "cool air on the face and warmth from the sun", as Karen described it. I've only felt this in the desert. As we walked along Michelle there was a marked temperature change in the dips in the road - microclimates.
May 19, 2001 Saturday
Drying Clothes Outdoors. How long does it take for clothes to dry when the temperature is 100-degrees F. and humidity 20%? When you hang up the last shirt, the first ones are ready to take down.
May 29, 2001 Tuesday
Death in the Desert: Last week the weather turned unusually hot for this time of year. Tucson was 103 F - 65 F. Hotter other places. Fourteen Mexican immigrants were found dead in the wilderness near Yuma. The few survivors explained they were dropped off by their "coyote" - the smuggler, who told them the highway was a few miles away. It was really 60-miles away.
June 22, 2001 Wednesday
Spring Sky in France and Italy: Just returned from several weeks in Paris and Tuscany. Their latitude is so much farther North than Arizona that it was light until 10:30 or 11:00pm. Sunset was in slow motion. As it approached the horizon it seemed to just hang motionless. I recall being in Stockholm during the summer solstice. It never got completely dark. I haven't been further North but know that near the North pole in summer, the sun moves in a circle, never dipping below the horizon.
June 23, 2001 Thursday
Monsoon: A rip-roaring monsoon blew over Kiva Ridge. Some lightning exploded near the house. Sounded like a bomb rather than thunder. The "official" monsoon season seems quite near and will be early this year. It becomes official when the dew point reaches 55-degrees or higher for three days in a row. The winds switch from the prevailing Westerlies to a predominantly Southeast flow which carries moisture from the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) into the Desert Southwest.
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