Around the Bluhmin’ Town


Did you survive Arizona’s hail, sleet and snow storm? I hope so, because it was quite a doozy.

You didn’t even have to live in the high country to see snow, since areas in the Valley were hit pretty hard. Something surreal about seeing saguaros covered in snow.

Of course, nothing like Flagstaff getting 39-inches in one day and Prescott was under siege.

The Navajo claim that rain clouds look like sheep in the sky and that a raindrop or snowflake is the single blessing that assures life. They pray for rain and snow as it soothes the spirit.

Well it soothes more than the spirit, because maternity nurses predict that we’ll see a “bumper crop” of babies being born nine months from now. Couples seem to get “cozy” during a rainy or snowy weekend.

It has also been reported that more births occur during “bad weather.” Hey, even livestock seem to deliver their babies in record numbers during blizzards. 

And what about culinary skills? One man emailed me and asked me if I knew of any research that concludes that women like to cook only in inclement weather. He says after 40 years of marriage, when it’s cold and stormy is when his wife makes delicious meals.

Sunny Arizona might not be his best choice of places to live.

Prescott and surrounding areas saw a blizzard of epic proportions. Streets, parking lots and driveways couldn’t be cleared of the snow, causing people to either stay home or try to dig out.

Vehicles were left at the end of long drives, folks called 9-1-1 because they couldn’t open their front doors from the snow pack. Tree branches snapped off heavy with snow and cars slid into each other or landed in ditches. Tow truck and snow plow drivers became our heroes.

The cold weather formed sheets of ice, causing my husband to fall and break his ankle. A neighbor’s cat was found frozen under a tree, a baby calf froze in the pasture and all manner of tragedy and havoc came in with the storm.

Freeways shut down, weddings were cancelled, emergency rooms were filled with folks who had fallen, schools and businesses closed, stores ran low on food, shovels, batteries and snow-blowers.

In the northern corridors of Scottsdale and Phoenix, rain, hail, sleet and snow pounded the desert, with some places in Carefree getting six inches of snow or more.

Car accidents, rollovers, falls, crashes, lost animals, slippery walkways and frigid temperatures caused a crazy few cold days in the Valley of the Sun.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. We were warned of the storm, but still it packed a wallop that we simply aren’t used to experiencing.

While Phoenix has returned to sunny, warm days, the high country is still dealing with the snow drifts, ice and now the mud.

Yet, we don’t complain. Arizona needs the moisture and in the high country, snow pack is what fills our reservoirs.

Now, it’s time to thaw out and enjoy the sunshine. And be thankful it wasn’t worse.

Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor. Have a comment or a story? Email Judy at