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Phoenix - Chasing Snow 2010, AZ
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Phoenix - Chasing Snow 2010, AZ 
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Storm Chasing avatar Dec 30 2010
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From the HAZ Forum How much Snow will we get this La Nina winter?

12-30-2010: You've heard of the "storm chaser" well I was the "snow chaser" in the Valley of the Sun. As I was driving home on the 101 heading west I could see an area to the NW that was getting just pummelled with snow. It was a great scene. So I headed up Cave Creek Rd and stopped at the dam to take photos. I even got beeped at. I don't know if it had something to do with the skirt and jacket I was wearing or it was a "whoo hoo, she is taking pics and it's freezing out". It looks like the area being pummelled was somewhere around Lake Pleasant maybe?

Then as I was heading toward Cave Creek, you could see the snow storm whisking its way across Cave Creek. I decided to go as far as the Cave Creek Recreational area pay station and turn around. I did take a couple more photos of the snow capped something that I was seeing.

As I headed back toward Cave Creek I could see another snow storm heading toward the Seven Springs and Tonto Hills area. As I drove by Cave Creek I could see some light powder up on New River Mesa. Then as I was getting through Carefree I saw some more dusting on the mountains above Tonto Hills. As I was driving thru Carefree, there was still moisture left on the ground -- I presume from the snow flurries that passed thru only minutes earlier.

But then as I was coming up the hill toward the Tonto Recreational Area Ranger Station/turnoff to Bartlett I could see snow on that hill behind the Ruins and where that one hill has some sort of structure on it. I drove toward Bartlett Lake until it started going down hill and popped a couple pics. Then I headed back north on Cave Creek Rd past the golf course... and to the east, oh my gosh :o , snow covered mountains all over the place and some snow on the golf course. There were others like me out taking pictures. I could see a lot of the Mazatzals where I had been hiking in late November.

I eventually turned around at the Camp Creek Falls TH and took some more photos and movies. I could also see the eastern Supes and Weavers Needle getting snowed on... well I couldn't see the snow but you could see that whoosh of the clouds dropping a fine white cover. As I got closer to Pima Rd, I could see a LOT more snow up on the New River Mesa. I never could see the Four Peaks due to cloud cover until I was back on Cave Creek Rd at about Jomax and then I saw them between the McDowells and Pinnacle Peak. Just beautiful they were; all capped in snow and the light was great. No photos though.

And now that I've used all of my frost cloth, my sheets and towels to cover my yard after getting home at 5:30, I can go look and see how the pics turned out. I did feel a sense of sadness though once I realized what mountains I was getting pictures of when I was up near the Tonto Hills looking east.

Film at 11:00: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VCcF25i3IU

Your roving Valley of the Sun "snow" reporter :out:
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