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#Sunday Stills: Weathering the Weather in Prescott, AZ

My good friend, Terri Webster Schrandt opened up the safest topic for her Sunday Stills conversation – weathering memories. This was our first winter in Prescott, but everyone we’ve talked to says it’s the worst year in 25 years.

When it snowed in December we thought it was gorgeous

natural light at sunset on snow

A “light” January blizzard excited us. It was the first I’d seen since I lived in Colorado over thirty-five years ago.

Our March 12th trip to Scottsdale looked more threatening that it was, so we let it go, but we were getting anxious to get back to our Prescott Walks.

On March 16th, we got a dusting of snow. The Ingraos all felt that rain might have been a better choice by that time of year, but it’s hard to hate beautiful.

When May gale warnings kept us inside, and snow spits hit our windshield on May 3, Vince and I booked a quick trip to Oro Valley in the Tucson area to look for possible warm places to go until the weather warmed. The temperature in Oro Valley hit 96 that day and Prescott enjoyed a breezy 80 degrees.

A week later we abandoned 80 degrees in Prescott and drove three and a half hours to Las Vegas to enjoy 80 degree temperatures there too. The COVID conditions are a little more stringent in Vegas, and we decided that we could continue to weather the cold Prescott winters and springs and travel occasionally – rather than to winter In Las Vegas.

Ali Mohamed poses outside the popular Drive-In

Next we will check out the weather in sunny Woodlake, California. I’m hoping the roses with still be in their peak blooming mode.

Thanks again Terri for hosting Sunday Stills. There’s always lots of weather to talk about in Prescott. If you don’t like it, hang around. It changes frequently. If it doesn’t, there are plenty of places within driving distance to visit that are usually vastly different.

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  1. Interesting reading about your weather experiences in Prescott. I smiled when I read, ‘If you don’t like it, hang around. It changes frequently. If it doesn’t, there are plenty of places within driving distance to visit that are usually vastly different.’ You could use that first sentence about the UK at this time of year (we often do!) but we don’t usually have the vast differences you mention within an easy drive – we just have to put up with it!

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    • When I visited the UK, it seemed much bigger than it was on a map. Nonetheless, there isn’t anyplace to go to escape the weather! California, is much more diverse climatically even than Arizona. There are five distinct climate types, but the state is so big that it still takes a while to get from one zone to the next. You should be having some beautiful weather soon.

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  2. Hi, Marsha – Weather certainly is a universal language. It can also lead to ‘Bad Boyfriend Syndrome.’ For the past 6-weeks are Spring weather has been cold, damp and wet with lots of rain. But today, it was warm and sunny so the past 6 weeks were instantly erased from my memory, and Weather was forgiven. See, exactly the Bad Boyfriend experience. He treats you poorly but suddenly gives you flowers and all is well. :D!
    Great post!

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    • Lol. I hadn’t considered that, but that’s a great metaphor! It’s pretty much summer in CA where we are visiting. 97 degrees today. Bad boyfriend again! His flowers wilted!!!


  3. You’re the second person I’m acquainted with who has moved to Prescott in the last year or so. A friend of mine who used to live in Bismarck, North Dakota moved to Prescott when he retired in 2019.

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  4. Hi Marsha, weather …it is the universal language! Yes, weathered and weathering now conjure up stories of ageing but I will go for ‘what is this weather doing now?’…we too, in Australia, are getting some weather that just does not make sense for the season. I had shorts, sandals and a sleeveless top on today…20 days out from Winter!!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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