Weather Report

by Kieran Healy on January 21, 2007

It’s snowing. Here, in downtown Tucson, Arizona. Just wanted to let you all know.



vivian 01.21.07 at 9:10 pm

Got a shovel too? (has the little one ever seen snow?)


Henry (not the famous one) 01.21.07 at 9:13 pm

Are your Christmas lights still up? Can we get a picture in either case?


Kieran Healy 01.21.07 at 9:37 pm

Sadly, the Christmas lights are long gone. But I’m sure people are uploading shots to flickr as we speak.

The kid has seen snow, but a long time ago. Very excited.


schwa 01.21.07 at 9:45 pm

And here in New York we have had a quarter of a freakin’ inch all winter. This weather is fired.


Henry (not the famous one) 01.22.07 at 12:32 am

So, as if we needed an excuse, here’s Wallace Stevens on the subject:

As You Leave The Room

. . . I wonder, have I lived a skeleton’s life,
As a disbeliever in reality,

A countryman of all the bones of the world?
Now, here, the snow I had forgotten becomes

Part of the major reality, part of
An appreciation of a reality

And thus an elevation, as if I left
With something I could touch, touch every way.

And yet nothing has been changed except what is
Unreal, as if nothing had been changed at all.


ingrid 01.22.07 at 9:20 am

Yes, if someone could direct us to a picture, that would be great.
I heard that so far we’ve had the warmest winter in 100 years here in W-Europe. Right now the Sun is shining, it’s warm, and the trees and plants think it’s March or April. I hope it will start freezing sooner rather than later, otherwise we’re going to have a mosquito-Summer!


Matt 01.22.07 at 9:37 am

First significant snow-fall in Philadelphia last night, too- only about 1/2 inch and not as unusual, of course, as snow in Tuscon, but still some odd weather this year.


elaine 01.22.07 at 11:14 am

Flickr has many lovely shots. Here is one picture of snow in Tucson.


a very public sociologist 01.22.07 at 12:44 pm

Aaaaah, so that’s where the UK’s snowfall has gone …


dearieme 01.22.07 at 12:55 pm

My Kiwi friends say they’ve had a cool summer in NZ.


justin 01.22.07 at 1:50 pm

Wow. In my four at the U of A I think it snowed once. I’m kind of jealous.


ponte 01.22.07 at 2:06 pm

My family decided to move from Tucson to New England in January of 1978. The blizzard of ’78 is my first memory of snow.


W. Kiernan 01.22.07 at 7:33 pm

The winter of 1957-8, when my parents moved from Ohio to Tucson, they also had a snowstorm. So I’m told, everybody in town freaked out, they’d never seen anything like it.

Any time you can get in your car in Tucson, elevation 3,600 feet, temperature 100° F plus from fifteen minutes after sun-up to fifteen minutes after sun-down, and drive for about an hour or so right up the side of a mountain to the top of Mt. Lemmon, 10,600 feet, and eight or nine months out of the year you’re apt to see snow up there. What a relief it is after the all-day oven-like heat in town! Just don’t get out of your car and start running around, because you’re apt to pass rioght out from the thin air.

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