Joe and I went to the dog park on Thursday night and were pleasantly surprised by the mix of clouds, the smell of rain, and the sudden drop of 10 degrees...making the experience at the dog park more bearable. There were a few storms going on locally (not in Phoenix, but South of Phoenix and East of Phoenix), so we thought that we might get some rain. However...upon closer look, we discovered that the huge dark clouds blanketing the sky above were smoke clouds. Not rain clouds.
No rain that day.
Yesterday, I spent most of the day in Tempe. Before I headed back to the apartment, I took Lucy to a different dog park to get some energy out. This dog park was in Tempe and it appeared that there were snowflakes falling. Or...should i say "ashflakes". It was weird. I kept seeing these white things falling. It looked like snow, but that would be an impossibility considering it was 110 degrees outside. Nope...not snow. It was ash.
There is an article about the Ethan Fire here, if you're interested.
Also, these are a few pictures I snapped while at the dog park. It looks like a nice big rain cloud, doesn't it? Yeah...it's actually just a huge plume of smoke.
[Please excuse the picture quality. These were taken with my cell phone.]