It Happens Every Fall


That’s not how the movie title goes, I realize, but the Phoenix area’s a little bit backward in the weather department.

This week, the summer weather broke once and for all.

All of a sudden, residents of the Valley have emerged from their air-conditioned cocoons and are visible anew.

Hiking trails are being hiked, bicycle lanes are being bicycled, walking lanes are being walked and patio tables are near impossible to come by.

And all of this is happening while, through most of the United States and Canada, people are trying to squeeze out a few extra days of Indian summer (if we still can call it that in this new era of p.c.) before the cold descends once and for all.

That’s even the case in Northern Arizona, where snow dusted the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff a couple of days ago.

Most people are beginning their countdowns to the beginning of spring.

We here in the Valley could also count down until the triple-digit temperatures return next May … but why do it?

This is the weather for which we live here.

Fall has arrived. Our three-day winter will follow in a few months and then the extended spring will begin.

The four hellish months of 100-plus degree weather is gone. Let the next eight delightful months begin.

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For those of you in such cold climes, take a look at where you could be spending your winters …

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Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at