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2014-08-19 02:09:10 PM  
Ha Ha, U Funnie.

AZ'ians are well acquainted with monsoon storms. I used to the think the stories about it raining sideways and leaving the other side of a tree dry were just bullshiat. Then I moved to Phoenix for 4 years. Almost got caught in a Flagstaff monsoon flash flood in a little packed honda civic. Damn scary.
 
2014-08-19 02:15:25 PM  
I've heard that the English have hundreds of words for sky-water.
 
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2014-08-19 02:31:11 PM  
Yeah, flash floods happen...
 
2014-08-19 02:35:38 PM  
This is probably the most rain I've seen since I moved here 14 years ago.  You find yourself driving along under an overcast sky and suddenly you cross a line and you're in the Poseidon Adventure. It is nothing like storms on the east coast.
 
2014-08-19 03:02:42 PM  
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-19 03:49:39 PM  
Always amazing to see the rain after months of nothing. You just stand there and watch.
 
2014-08-19 04:14:11 PM  

Somacandra: Ha Ha, U Funnie.

AZ'ians are well acquainted with monsoon storms. I used to the think the stories about it raining sideways and leaving the other side of a tree dry were just bullshiat. Then I moved to Phoenix for 4 years. Almost got caught in a Flagstaff monsoon flash flood in a little packed honda civic. Damn scary.


It's been raining in Flag all morning.  Great Monsoon season!
 
2014-08-19 04:27:43 PM  
Activate the crone traps!

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2014-08-19 04:37:31 PM  
Laugh it up all you want (and you will because this is Fark after all), but we've got people trapped in homes and vehicles and houses being swept down rivers that haven't had water flowing in them for many years. Not much of a laughing matter for those caught in the worst flooding areas.
 
2014-08-19 04:39:21 PM  
Scottsdale Battalion Chief, Jay Ducote, said crews were dispatched to carefree Highway and Terrivita in North Scottsdale for reports of a black mustang stuck in a flooded wash.

black mustang:
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black Mustang:
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Spelling and capitalization are important.
 
2014-08-19 04:41:14 PM  

author1701: Laugh it up all you want (and you will because this is Fark after all), but we've got people trapped in homes and vehicles and houses being swept down rivers that haven't had water flowing in them for many years. Not much of a laughing matter for those caught in the worst flooding areas.


Houses being swept down rivers. If there was a river there in recorded history then DON'T BUILD THERE. This happens a lot where a place floods and the victims cry, "but it hasn't flooded here in eighty years, sob sob." Oh yeah, well you're wrong. It hasn't flooded here since yesterday.
 
2014-08-19 04:42:11 PM  
What the hell was the driver of that red car thinking? "Gee, I bet somewhere up ahead it'll get more shallow?"
 
2014-08-19 04:42:31 PM  
Ha ha!  This is better than in the winter when it gets incredibly cold here for six months and other places in the country freak out because it snows once every 5 years.

Suck it, people in warmer places!
 
2014-08-19 04:43:15 PM  
i've witnessed the severity of these storms first hand and i gotta say, they're a lot funner to watch than be in.

good luck Phoenix area!
 
2014-08-19 04:45:58 PM  
I've been to Phoenix. IIRC, most, if not all, of the underpasses had signs warning what you faced if you let your car get caught in one that was flooded, and many appeared to have emergency pumps permanently installed. Phoenix residents feel free to correct my addled memory.
 
2014-08-19 04:46:05 PM  

Russ1642: author1701: Laugh it up all you want (and you will because this is Fark after all), but we've got people trapped in homes and vehicles and houses being swept down rivers that haven't had water flowing in them for many years. Not much of a laughing matter for those caught in the worst flooding areas.

Houses being swept down rivers. If there was a river there in recorded history then DON'T BUILD THERE. This happens a lot where a place floods and the victims cry, "but it hasn't flooded here in eighty years, sob sob." Oh yeah, well you're wrong. It hasn't flooded here since yesterday.


Ah, yes. Blame the Victim. It's a fun game. Too bad Don Pardo's dead. He could be your announcer.

See, the houses aren't built in the dammed up riverbed. They're built NEAR the damned up riverbed. The river overflowed way beyond reasonable predictions.

But, you're right. Don't build near any place that's ever had flowing water near it. Like my street that's flooded because the freakin' desert isn't equipped to drain the extraordinarly heavy rains like what we got here today fast enough to stave off flash flooding.
 
2014-08-19 04:46:08 PM  
It is flooding terribly all over the state. This is a place where most streets don't have rain gutters, so it's not surprising that massive rains could screw up everyone's day.

/modifying my afternoon plans
//my bf can't drive back to his office after lunch because all the streets are flooded and his car has low clearance
//yes a lot of ppl here can't drive worth shiat in inclement weather despite being transplants from shiatty weather states
 
2014-08-19 04:47:11 PM  

author1701: Laugh it up all you want (and you will because this is Fark after all), but we've got people trapped in homes and vehicles and houses being swept down rivers that haven't had water flowing in them for many years. Not much of a laughing matter for those caught in the worst flooding areas.


I have very little sympathy for those who get caught in AZ monsoon flash floods. I grew up there and the media gives planty of education on this. Every single year.
 
GBB
2014-08-19 04:50:39 PM  
You want to see people puzzled by water-from-the-sky?   Come to Florida.  It rains nearly every single day during the Summer.  But, just like goldfish, every time they experience it, it's for the first time.  People slamming on brakes, driving 20 on a 70mph Interstate highway with their hazard lights flashing in the left lane.
 
2014-08-19 04:50:50 PM  
If you're in the flood it sucks. If you're not in the flood, it's the best weather of the year.

Storms, thunder, lightning. Very dramatic and helps create the best and most beautiful desert views.

Rest of the year the weather is monotonous: bland, muted, same as it was the day before.
 
2014-08-19 04:51:52 PM  

Stile4aly: This is probably the most rain I've seen since I moved here 14 years ago.  You find yourself driving along under an overcast sky and suddenly you cross a line and you're in the Poseidon Adventure. It is nothing like storms on the east coast.


It feels like it's been on par with 2006 when I moved to PHX.  Such a nice mild-ish summer here in the valley (I think it maxed at 109 in my neighborhood so far) with lots (comparatively speaking) of rain.
 
2014-08-19 04:51:56 PM  

author1701: Russ1642: author1701: Laugh it up all you want (and you will because this is Fark after all), but we've got people trapped in homes and vehicles and houses being swept down rivers that haven't had water flowing in them for many years. Not much of a laughing matter for those caught in the worst flooding areas.

Houses being swept down rivers. If there was a river there in recorded history then DON'T BUILD THERE. This happens a lot where a place floods and the victims cry, "but it hasn't flooded here in eighty years, sob sob." Oh yeah, well you're wrong. It hasn't flooded here since yesterday.

Ah, yes. Blame the Victim. It's a fun game. Too bad Don Pardo's dead. He could be your announcer.

See, the houses aren't built in the dammed up riverbed. They're built NEAR the damned up riverbed. The river overflowed way beyond reasonable predictions.

But, you're right. Don't build near any place that's ever had flowing water near it. Like my street that's flooded because the freakin' desert isn't equipped to drain the extraordinarly heavy rains like what we got here today fast enough to stave off flash flooding.


People build near rivers for the view. They get too close not because the predictions were way off but rather because of greed and hubris. So yes, in some cases the victim is to blame. It doesn't mean they aren't victims or that they don't deserve some help. It just means it's their fault.
 
2014-08-19 04:52:25 PM  
Valley law enforcement agencies were responding to multiple water rescues in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise and up north near New River.

Previously known as "Dry Gulch."
 
2014-08-19 04:52:33 PM  

Sapper_Topo: author1701: Laugh it up all you want (and you will because this is Fark after all), but we've got people trapped in homes and vehicles and houses being swept down rivers that haven't had water flowing in them for many years. Not much of a laughing matter for those caught in the worst flooding areas.

I have very little sympathy for those who get caught in AZ monsoon flash floods. I grew up there and the media gives planty of education on this. Every single year.


Those ppl out to have just stayed home for the day when they saw rain in the summer forecast, right?

/Lols because our sick day weather is still so much better than most everywhere else's
//can't count the number of days my work sent me home early in Chicago for blizzards, tornado warnings etc.
///local flood warnings just popped up on my forecast an hour ago but it barely affects me...maybe no Zumba tonight
 
2014-08-19 04:52:56 PM  
Ice water?
 
2014-08-19 04:54:16 PM  
Here in Tucson back in 1983 we had quite the rainfall which caused significant flooding in areas.  In the Pantano Wash specifically the water was aggressive enough such that it eroded the banks enough that a multitude of houses fell in, some ended up floating away for a time.

What's in that same area now? An even larger housing development with nothing to mitigate the effects of flooding when it happens again.
 
2014-08-19 04:54:21 PM  
Some of the most insane storms I've ever seen were in Phoenix. The monsoon season is pretty crazy. Hot as hell and then a dust storm like something out of a sci fi movie followed by torrents of rain and insane lightning sweeps through. And then it's hot as hell again.
 
2014-08-19 04:56:51 PM  

Sapper_Topo: I have very little sympathy for those who get caught in AZ monsoon flash floods. I grew up there and the media gives planty of education on this. Every single year.


Not to mention the signs posted directly in front of every underpass, gully, and dip everywhere.

In Tucson, at least.
 
2014-08-19 04:57:38 PM  
What the fark is wrong with those morons?  Where do they need to be that's so important they'll risk their cars and their lives to get there?
 
2014-08-19 04:58:27 PM  

Stile4aly: This is probably the most rain I've seen since I moved here 14 years ago.  You find yourself driving along under an overcast sky and suddenly you cross a line and you're in the Poseidon Adventure. It is nothing like storms on the east coast.


We had monsoons like that in Las Cruces. The whole downtown would be under water. My entire backyard under water, street two feet deep in water. Then in a couple of hours, it would all be gone, and it would get scorching hot again. I thought it was cool.
 
2014-08-19 04:58:34 PM  
"Do not enter dip when flooded"
 
2014-08-19 04:58:35 PM  
It rained here this morning.
Good thing I looked before going outside.
I almost got wet before I had the chance to take a shower.
 
2014-08-19 04:59:46 PM  
It was so hot they fried rain on the sidewalk, until the arroyo washed it away.
 
2014-08-19 04:59:47 PM  
Idiots. Not only driving thru but walking thru fast moving flood waters. We have a saying here on the east coast when we come across flooded roads: Turn around, don't drown.
Arizona saying seems to be: See a flooded road? Looks safe, drive thru it.
 
2014-08-19 04:59:51 PM  
Those videos are like everything you should not do around flooding:

-Parking on a bridge with floodwater running under it.
-Walking through running floodwater
-Driving through running floodwater
-Driving into underpasses with floodwater
 
2014-08-19 04:59:56 PM  
1 sip for any lightning strike in city
1 sip any time the TV or radio is interrupted with a flood warning
1 sip any time the TV or radio says "haboob"
1 drink any time the TV or radio is interrupted with a flood warning for your county
1 drink for any lightning strike within 1 mile of your current location
1 drink the moment a dust storm rolls over your current location
1 drinks for any lightning strike within 1/2 mile of your current location

And of course

2 drinks for every televised helicopter rescue of a person in a car going through a  wash with flood warning signs
 
2014-08-19 05:00:20 PM  

author1701: Russ1642: author1701: Laugh it up all you want (and you will because this is Fark after all), but we've got people trapped in homes and vehicles and houses being swept down rivers that haven't had water flowing in them for many years. Not much of a laughing matter for those caught in the worst flooding areas.

Houses being swept down rivers. If there was a river there in recorded history then DON'T BUILD THERE. This happens a lot where a place floods and the victims cry, "but it hasn't flooded here in eighty years, sob sob." Oh yeah, well you're wrong. It hasn't flooded here since yesterday.

Ah, yes. Blame the Victim. It's a fun game. Too bad Don Pardo's dead. He could be your announcer.

See, the houses aren't built in the dammed up riverbed. They're built NEAR the damned up riverbed. The river overflowed way beyond reasonable predictions.

But, you're right. Don't build near any place that's ever had flowing water near it. Like my street that's flooded because the freakin' desert isn't equipped to drain the extraordinarly heavy rains like what we got here today fast enough to stave off flash flooding.


Don Pardo?

Just tell me now what I didn't win.
 
2014-08-19 05:01:45 PM  

C18H27NO3: Here in Tucson back in 1983 we had quite the rainfall which caused significant flooding in areas.  In the Pantano Wash specifically the water was aggressive enough such that it eroded the banks enough that a multitude of houses fell in, some ended up floating away for a time.

What's in that same area now? An even larger housing development with nothing to mitigate the effects of flooding when it happens again.


It's always surreal to me when the Rillito fills up, like up to the top of the pylons.

Especially the year when the Catalinas caught fire, and the river ran ash black and stinky. It was like some biblical plague.
 
2014-08-19 05:02:20 PM  
Those of you posting that you shouldn't build houses near rivers here in Phoenix: stop. Just...stop. If you knew anything about Phoenix, you'd know that we don't have rivers. None. They're all dried up riverbeds, riverbeds that nobody builds in because they know about these storms happening every decade or so. They're built WAY up away from the riverbed...and this looks to be an official "hundred year flood", which is only stopped from being disastrous due to a ton of dams that have been build up over the past 50 years.

No. Rivers. Here.
 
2014-08-19 05:03:44 PM  

djkutch: Somacandra: Ha Ha, U Funnie.

AZ'ians are well acquainted with monsoon storms. I used to the think the stories about it raining sideways and leaving the other side of a tree dry were just bullshiat. Then I moved to Phoenix for 4 years. Almost got caught in a Flagstaff monsoon flash flood in a little packed honda civic. Damn scary.

It's been raining in Flag all morning.  Great Monsoon season!


I miss the monsoons up there.  They are more refreshing than here.
 
2014-08-19 05:04:49 PM  

El Dudereno: author1701: Russ1642: author1701: Laugh it up all you want (and you will because this is Fark after all), but we've got people trapped in homes and vehicles and houses being swept down rivers that haven't had water flowing in them for many years. Not much of a laughing matter for those caught in the worst flooding areas.

Houses being swept down rivers. If there was a river there in recorded history then DON'T BUILD THERE. This happens a lot where a place floods and the victims cry, "but it hasn't flooded here in eighty years, sob sob." Oh yeah, well you're wrong. It hasn't flooded here since yesterday.

Ah, yes. Blame the Victim. It's a fun game. Too bad Don Pardo's dead. He could be your announcer.

See, the houses aren't built in the dammed up riverbed. They're built NEAR the damned up riverbed. The river overflowed way beyond reasonable predictions.

But, you're right. Don't build near any place that's ever had flowing water near it. Like my street that's flooded because the freakin' desert isn't equipped to drain the extraordinarly heavy rains like what we got here today fast enough to stave off flash flooding.

Don Pardo?

Just tell me now what I didn't win.



A twenty set volume of the Encyclopedia International, a case of Turtle Wax, and a years supply of Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat.
 
2014-08-19 05:06:23 PM  

Somacandra: Ha Ha, U Funnie.

AZ'ians are well acquainted with monsoon storms. I used to the think the stories about it raining sideways and leaving the other side of a tree dry were just bullshiat. Then I moved to Phoenix for 4 years. Almost got caught in a Flagstaff monsoon flash flood in a little packed honda civic. Damn scary.


I never spent a considerable amount of time in Arizona, but my dad's side of the family have all kinds of nutty ass stories about monsoons down there. I thought this was common knowledge and I grew up on the mildest spot in the Central Coast in California. Seasons? What? I guess the sun moved a bit different as the year went on...

Apparently that shiat is expected, and I'd imagine welcome in that part of the US. Now if we could get it raining enough that water was running through the Santa Ynez river, I'd be impressed.

/went down to Los Padres for the last two weekends.
//found one spot clean enough for cichlids and myself to swim in.
///it'd be nice if it was actually a river again, this drought is ridiculous.
 
2014-08-19 05:07:34 PM  

elev8meL8r: djkutch: Somacandra: Ha Ha, U Funnie.

AZ'ians are well acquainted with monsoon storms. I used to the think the stories about it raining sideways and leaving the other side of a tree dry were just bullshiat. Then I moved to Phoenix for 4 years. Almost got caught in a Flagstaff monsoon flash flood in a little packed honda civic. Damn scary.

It's been raining in Flag all morning.  Great Monsoon season!

I miss the monsoons up there.  They are more refreshing than here.


Afternoon Flagstaff monsoons are the best. I enthusiastically recommend them. Especially from the balcony of the Weatherford, with beer in hand.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-19 05:07:51 PM  

El Dudereno: author1701: Russ1642: author1701: Laugh it up all you want (and you will because this is Fark after all), but we've got people trapped in homes and vehicles and houses being swept down rivers that haven't had water flowing in them for many years. Not much of a laughing matter for those caught in the worst flooding areas.

Houses being swept down rivers. If there was a river there in recorded history then DON'T BUILD THERE. This happens a lot where a place floods and the victims cry, "but it hasn't flooded here in eighty years, sob sob." Oh yeah, well you're wrong. It hasn't flooded here since yesterday.

Ah, yes. Blame the Victim. It's a fun game. Too bad Don Pardo's dead. He could be your announcer.

See, the houses aren't built in the dammed up riverbed. They're built NEAR the damned up riverbed. The river overflowed way beyond reasonable predictions.

But, you're right. Don't build near any place that's ever had flowing water near it. Like my street that's flooded because the freakin' desert isn't equipped to drain the extraordinarly heavy rains like what we got here today fast enough to stave off flash flooding.

Don Pardo?

Just tell me now what I didn't win.


Did you lose on Jeopardy?
 
2014-08-19 05:07:52 PM  
blah blah blah....poor people in Phoenix crying about the rain...one thing I know for sure: I will NEVER need another snow shovel, winter jacket (unless I want to visit Flagstaff or something in the winter), hurricane preparedness kit, tornado shield for the windows, bug spray, leaf blower, ect...
Love it here, wouldn't move back east for anything. What is the saying..."you can't shovel sunshine"
 
2014-08-19 05:09:05 PM  

Walker: Idiots. Not only driving thru but walking thru fast moving flood waters. We have a saying here on the east coast when we come across flooded roads: Turn around, don't drown.
Arizona saying seems to be: See a flooded road? Looks safe, drive thru it.


I lived in CT for 50 years, and saw PLENTY of people driving through flooded streets. And just think, it rains there ALL THE TIME!!!
 
2014-08-19 05:10:42 PM  

Russ1642: author1701: Laugh it up all you want (and you will because this is Fark after all), but we've got people trapped in homes and vehicles and houses being swept down rivers that haven't had water flowing in them for many years. Not much of a laughing matter for those caught in the worst flooding areas.

Houses being swept down rivers. If there was a river there in recorded history then DON'T BUILD THERE. This happens a lot where a place floods and the victims cry, "but it hasn't flooded here in eighty years, sob sob." Oh yeah, well you're wrong. It hasn't flooded here since yesterday.


fauxspectacles.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-08-19 05:11:15 PM  

RoyBatty: Afternoon Flagstaff monsoons are the best. I enthusiastically recommend them. Especially from the balcony of the Weatherford, with beer in hand.


Done it.  Absolutely true.
 
2014-08-19 05:11:33 PM  
This is why we have the "dumb motorist law". If emergency services have to pluck you out of the water, you pay the bill directly, not the taxpayers.
 
2014-08-19 05:13:26 PM  
I got over an inch and a half in about 30 minutes a few days ago with hail the size of nickels. I say over an inch and a half because the hail put a hole in the farking rain gauge. It is the best time of the summer, the desert becomes alive.
 
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