If you have heard the jokes about Arizona being a dry heat, you might think you have a handle on the weather. It's hot. It's dry. Well, sort of.
My experience of Arizona
I came to Arizona in my early 20's from Nebraska. People from Nebraska come to Arizona for one reason and one reason only. The weather. I knew nothing about Arizona when I moved here, well, except it was considered a desert. In my head that pulled up pictures of rolling sand dunes similar to what you might find on your drive through "The Dunes" heading to San Diego, California from Phoenix.
The Arizona Biltmore
Much to my surprise, when I moved to the Arizona Biltmore area, the community had big trees, fruit trees, and beautiful vegetation everywhere I looked. I fell in love with Arizona very quickly.
What about the dust storms?
Back to the dry heat. It's dry and whenever you have dry and wind it produces the dust storms Arizona is famous for. Arizona is for sure a dry heat. In the summer it oven feels similar to when you open your oven door and get a blast of hot air. It can be difficult to breathe at times and dusty. Lots of dust. The dust storms can be scary and blinding if you are driving. The good news is, if you stay indoors, it helps keep you and your family safe.
Location, location, location
A client friend of mine joke around constantly about location, location, location. People are flocking to Arizona for a reason. So please, don't let me point out the downside (dust storms and hot weather), and deter you from moving to Arizona. You might ask me then, why do you love it with all these horrible things? Well, the answer is simple. In January I am in my shorts and it is 70 degrees. I can garden year-round. My animals don't freeze and can enjoy green pastures. I can drive 2 hours north and be in the snow if I want to or I can drive a few hours south and be in Rocky Point at the ocean. Six hours west and I am in San Diego.
It is the best place to live in the entire United States in my opinion. Plus, I love what I do. I love helping people sell their homes. I cannot imagine living anywhere else. When folks come in from out of the area, we give them the tour and show them around. We teach them about the downside as well as the upside so they can make decisions for themselves. Don't let a scorpion or some dust keep you from this beautiful area. This is our town. This is our state and I wouldn't live anywhere else.