Monsoon Arrives

A little video moment recorded with my iPhone. Horrible audio – you probably want to turn the volume down. If you can’t understand me, I’m basically saying that the arrival yesterday of our first monsoon storm of the year began with a lightning strike that ignited a brush fire on the Gila Indian Reservation southwest of Phoenix. The cloud cover was welcome, but the fire, not so much. So far it’s consumed over 1000 acres and caused the evacuation of at least 25 people. Firefighters couldn’t even get to it until this morning. The salt cedar fueling the fire is very dense and hot burning – I hope they get it put out today and that no one is hurt.

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6 Responses to Monsoon Arrives

  1. Rupert says:

    I’m behind the times. I didn’t even know there was a hack for video on the iPhone. Could you use a bluetooth mic to improve the sound?
    I like the videos you do about the extreme weather. It’s cool to get a little snapshot of something so weird to me and so much part of normal life to you – like the film of the rain that evaporated as soon as it hit the ground. It makes me look around me and see what’s unique about where I am, and think about sharing it.

  2. Robert Croma says:

    Ah, to be in Phoenix when the monsoon rains arrive. Does the rain make it any cooler, he wonders?

    Love it when you show us scenes from your city. I peer and ponder and wish.

  3. Cheryl Colan says:

    Ru, the hack is a little app called “iPhone Video Recorder” and you can install it on an unlocked iPhone.

    Robert, the cloud cover makes it feel cooler. The rain tends to come from fast moving storms – it can be brief and fierce, or, like yesterday, it can let loose about twelve raindrops and then stop again. It tends to make the atmosphere more humid, but unless there is a breeze to stir up the air it just keeps right on feeling hot, with the added bonus of making everyone feel sticky as well.

    Thanks to both of you, gents.

  4. Brook says:

    I don’t know if you realize how EXOTIC this seems to someone in San Francisco. Monsoon! Not something I think of as “Phoenix” – but sounds like you get them every year?
    Fire, on the other hand, we unfortunately understand all too well right now.
    Love the wobbly iphone videoplane. I’m too paranoid to jailbreak my phone but this tempts me greatly.

  5. Cheryl Colan says:

    Brook! Yes, we have monsoons every summer. The monsoon season officially begins when we have 3 days in a row with a certain humidity level. When I was a teenager, you could almost set your clock by the 4pm afternoon thunderstorm in August. Not so much now. But from now through August we’ll have increased chances of thunderstorms, and those are likely to start wildfires from lightning hitting dry brush areas.

  6. Beth says:

    Yay Cheryl moblogging! I don’t understand iphones, but what are they thinking not having video?

    Just to let you know, this video won’t play for me in google reader, I don’t know if it’s a problem at your end or mine.

    Beth
    xxx

    p.s. I feel kind out of it – like I haven’t commented on a video you made in a long time. Perhaps because I haven’t made anything recently – but hello, long time no see!

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