Yes, Phoenix gets brutally hot in the summer. And I mean so hot that have to be careful touching the steering wheel of your car, what-in-the-world-are-people-doing-living-there? hot. It starts about now (I'm writing this on May 3rd) and the heat is absolutely awful through September.
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But since I'm a history adventurer, I wanted to know the real story about why it gets so hot in Phoenix. And the research I've done gives an easy answer, and one that I, uh, try not to talk about in front of old-timers. Phoenix is hot because it's in the Sonoran Desert. And this desert has been that way for about ten thousand years, that is, after the end of last Ice Age.
I grew up in Minneapolis, and I hated the cold. People who live there say that you just have to wait out the winters, maybe learn some winters sports (which I never did) and it's a beautiful place to live. It's the same with Phoenix, it's just that you have to wait out the summers. If you're lucky enough to have an indoor job, and a car and a house with excellent air conditioning (like I do), it's really not so bad.
No, I won't correct the old-timers who remember their childhood when Phoenix wasn't so hot. And I won't ask them, really, how old they are. Because if they remember a cooler climate in Phoenix, they must be remembering the last Ice Age. I'm sure that it was nice and cool back then!
|1910 ad. Note the reference to the 120-degree weather in Phoenix. And no air conditioning yet!|