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Madera Canyon, AZ
mini location map2020-08-20
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Madera Canyon, AZ 
Madera Canyon, AZ
 
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I needed to get out of the house for awhile to escape my swamp cooler environment during this relentless heat wave. I headed to the northern portions of the Santa Rita Mountains to explore some of the back roads. One thing that was different today is that thunderstorms were building up in places that had not seen them for awhile. My last stop for the day was Madera Canyon, where I had not been in about a year. The stories of the crush of people in places like this in 2020 has made me not want to go. But it was worth a drive through. Late in the day and with storms bearing down, there wasn't much traffic. As I was driving home, there was a line of storms moving westward into the eastern sections of Tucson. Nice change!

I got home around 5:30 and thunder was beginning along with some light showers. The main event took place later, between 7:30 and 8:30, when about .80 inch rain was recorded, along with 35 mph wind and intense lightning. :D Of course, a large drop in temperature also took place: after a high of 109 degrees, it bottomed out at 68 degrees around 8:30 during the height of the fury! :y: Total rain for the day ended up at 1.05 inch. :)
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