For those of you who live almost anywhere except beautiful, hot and usually dry Phoenix, Arizona, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about a little rain. When it rains, it pours in the desert, and Facebook feeds are flooded with photos of the scene.
But today it didn't just rain - or pour. Today has been the single wettest day in the history of our fair city, going all the way back to 1895.
So far we've recorded 3.29 inches, which may not seem like a lot to you in other states, but trust me, over here it's a lot. Back in my home state of New Jersey, our statewide record in one day is 13.55 inches. That was enough to flood many towns. I can only imagine what that much rain would do to Phoenix, where our infrastructure isn't built to deal with this much water.
This scene from one of our major freeways is what I'm talking about:
Thankfully, there have been no reports of deaths or injuries so far, though there is a lot of damage to houses and cars. Governor Jan Brewer has declared a state of emergency for affected areas, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has also declared a state of emergency for the city.
Here at Komando.com and The Kim Komando Show, we're all safe and dry, though some of our team ended up stranded at home because roads were impassable. School was also cancelled for the day across most of the city.
My son Ian was especially excited. You see, we never get snow days to stay home from school. This is first time in his life school was cancelled for weather!
Here are some more dramatic photos from azcentral.com: