O is for Outdoor

Arizonans are outside a lot.  Here is a big factor:

Desert Average Temperature highs and lows:

January                   67                46

February                  71                49

March                       77               54

April                          85               60

May                           95                69

June                        104               78

July                          106               83

August                     104               83

September              100               77

October                     89               65

November                 76               53

December                 66               45

See that lovely winter range of temperatures? Plenty to do outdoors when it’s freezing in other areas.  Golf, marathons, triathlons, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, biking, camping, and the sports venues are amazing. We have botanical gardens, zoos, wildlife and don’t forget NASCAR. Even when it is HOT in the deserts of Arizona, we play outdoors.  If we want a change of scenery, a couple of hours drive will take us to lovely mountain lakes, ski areas and hiking and climbing spots.  Outdoors, Desert Botanical Outdoors-snow, skiing Outdoors Triathlon Outdoors sunset Outdoors Squirrel Outdoors Sports Outdoors OakCreek Outdoors hiking, riding Outdoors hiking desert Outdoors Grand Canyon Outdoors Fishing Outdoors Ducks Outdoors Burros Outdoors Beaver Creek Outdoors Bartlett Lake Speedboat Outdoors -biking

 

 

 

Arid

The most common adjective people seem to associate with Arizona is “dry.” Many factors combine to create an ecosystem that many label as desert.  The amount of  annual precipitation alone, 10 inches or less, is not the whole story.  Arizona is also sunny, sometimes windy and experiences temperature extremes.  During a twenty-four hour period, a range of 40 degrees is not unusual. These extremes increase
the amount of water that escapes back into the air. The composition of the soil also affects how much water is available.  Yet, Arizona is not devoid of plant and animal life.  Our deserts and high mountain ranges support abundant flora and fauna that is well-adapted to this arid home. Plants and animals here are expert conservationists to make the most of what moisture is available.

Much of the Sonoran Desert depends on seasonal rainfall and responds quickly to a brief storm.

Much of the Sonoran Desert depends on seasonal rainfall and responds quickly to a brief storm.

Reflections in Wet Beaver Creek, northern Arizona

Wet Beaver Creek is an oasis in the Sonoran desert in northern Arizona. It is a perennial stream that is a crucial source of water for elk, bear, deer, mountain lion, small animals and birds.

Willcox Playa

The Willcox Playa is an ancient lake bed in southern Arizona that receives only occasional rain but is an important stopover for migratory birds.