|Spring Training facility at Salt River Field|
We had a sudden and completely unusual winter storm here in Phoenix, Arizona this afternoon. I was working in Scottsdale with my husband, Dan. We'd had rain all morning and the rain this afternoon seemed a little slushy so we headed home early. This was the sight on our way home.
You'd have to live in Phoenix to know how amazing this sight really is. My husband is an Arizona native and he cannot remember something so incredible.
|Right outside Brandy's company office|
Dan was quick to point out that this isn't really proper snow, but is actually graupel. Weather.com defines graupel as:
A form of frozen precipitation consisting of snowflakes or ice crystals and supercooled water droplets frozen together.
You can see that the precipitation is very chunky and slushy. We didn't see this coming down, just the aftermath in the bumper to bumper traffic.
What a strange event to see the freeway sign stating "Weather Driving Conditions Drive With Care". I'm pretty sure anyone where it actually snows will laugh heartily at this sign seeing the sunshine and knowing the real conditions. However, this is really good advice because generally Phoenix motorists are horrible drivers in anything but clear, sunny weather. By the by- Dan took these pictures from the passenger's seat.
This one's for our records, folks. We won't see this again soon.