Roasting on Thanksgiving in Phoenix

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If you’re searching for a better way of roasting a Thanksgiving turkey, my apologies. Rather, this is an update to say we will be roasting on Thanksgiving in Phoenix.

Tomorrow’s projected high temperature is 90 degrees, which is unheard of. Seriously. It would be the highest recorded temperature on November 23 in more than 130 years of tracking. This continues the pattern we have seen in which we have had about a week’s worth of fall days, just not consecutively. Saturday is the Arizona State football game against the school down south; the projected high is 88. Twenty years ago I went to the game, bought standing-room seats at the top of Sun Devil Stadium and damn near froze to death.

There definitely are changes from year to year. In 2013, we were bundled in multiple layers for the Pac-12 Championship Game. In 2011, it was T-shirt weather – not 88, but comfortable.

90 degrees on Thanksgiving is ludicrous. Halloween was another warm day. Something is different this year. Will it be better or worse next year? Who knows.

This isn’t an attempt to open a debate on climate change. Though, while you can argue the cause, it really is happening.

It’s just to say it’s going to be 90 degrees here tomorrow. And it’s not fun.

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