I recently spent several days in and around Tucson, Arizona.  The weather every day was a hot, sunny, and dry +/- 105 degrees F.  When I got back to New York and deplaned at JFK, it felt like a boxing glove punched me in the face when I felt the 80 degree F with 86% humidity air.  It felt A LOT hotter!  I love the warm, even hot, weather.  But high humidity…not so much!  Give me that dry heat any day.

Saguaro Cactus as seen along the road in Tucson, Arizona

Saguaro Cactus as seen along the road in Tucson, Arizona

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Clouds usually make for more interesting and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The American Southwest is not typically a cloudy place, though. So when clouds are around during very dry spells, those clouds are usually not the moisture-bearing kind.  Instead, they can be the very damaging and life-threatening smoke clouds caused by a raging fire.

The clouds in this June 18, 2013, Sedona, Arizona, sunset photo were caused by the Doce Fire which started two days earlier on June 16 in Prescott, Arizona. Later in the month, the more well-known and devastating Yarnell Hill Fire, also in Prescott, went on to kill 19 elite firefighters.

Prescott fire clouds seen at sunset over Sedona, Arizona, June 18, 2013

Prescott fire clouds seen at sunset over Sedona, Arizona, June 18, 2013

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By land…

In the middle of nowhere - dry. The road to nowhere has been found, as pictured here in a scene from somewhere in the American Southwest.

In the middle of nowhere – dry.
The road to nowhere has been found, as pictured here in a scene from somewhere in the American Southwest.

And by sea…

In the middle of nowhere - wet. Sun setting behind dark clouds somewhere over the Atlantic ocean.

In the middle of nowhere – wet.
Sun setting behind dark clouds somewhere over the Atlantic ocean.

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