Just as it has been all over the world lately, Arizona has experienced unusual weather.
It hasn't been this cold in Tucson in something like 56 years.
There have been several days of freezing temps.
The verbiage the weather people use here is "we are experiencing a hard freeze".
Tucson has basically shut down because of the cold. There are whole subdivisions that are without water and gas. The gas company has literally "run out" of gas. Water mains have cracked and broken leaving hundreds and thousands of people without water. Schools are closed.
I've just been a little peeved that it seems like those in charge are unprepared to deal with it. It's like people don't know what to do with any other weather besides hot or hotter.
I was in Walmart today and I heard someone talking on the phone.
"No sir, I am sorry....we are all out of space heaters. We also don't have anymore electric blankets or mattress warmers. There aren't any in our warehouse, either."
I also noticed that all of the gloves, scarves and coats were just about all gone.
I had a rush of gratitude for the fact that we had water and heat. (Ours is electric heat)
I was also so grateful for the council we are given by our religious leaders to "Prepare every needful thing."
We just never know what tomorrow is going to bring for us.
But, I am warning all you native Arizonans....If you think this is cold, I wouldn't even stick so much as your big toe anywhere in the vicinity of Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, or ANYWHERE back east. Just sayin'.... ;)