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Cacti covered in snow

SONY ILCE-7RM3, f/14, 1/200 sec, ISO 125

While Switzerland is currently enjoying Spring weather and unusual mild temperatures, we here in the South West of the United States were hit by a massive, once in a lifetime winter storm that brought snow to unusual places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas as well as the Phoenix area. 

  • Flagstaff officially picked up 35.9 inches (91 cm), its highest single-day snow total in the 126 years that records have been kept. It shatters the previous one-day total of 31 inches (79 cm), which had stood since 1915.
  • Snow fell in Tucson, where the average February high is 69 degrees Fahrenheit (20.5 Celsius). The city’s first measurable snow in six years.
  • It’s been more than 10 years since Las Vegas last saw some snow. 
  • Even the area around Los Angeles reported snow, where flakes were last seen in 1962.

As a result a lot of mayor highways were closed on Friday. Just to name a few here in our area:  Phoenix to Flagstaff, Fountain Hills to Payson and Apache Junction to Globe.  
We took this opportunity and went out towards Four Peaks yesterday and up to Mazatzal Peak (about half way to Payson) today. It was beautiful to see all the cacti covered in snow. The desert mountains turned into winter wonderland.

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