A few more thoughts on Phoenix weather from someone who recently moved here from the Pacific Northwest…
Dry heat is definitely more comfortable than heat with high humidity; I’m sure you’ll all agree when you feel the atmosphere here. However, first time visitors may not be aware that sweat is evaporating off their skin at a rate as high as 26 ounces per hour. Please be sure to drink fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you feel a headache coming on, it may be the first signs of dehydration so drink up!
If you are coming by car or are renting a vehicle while you are here, you may find the door handles and steering wheels very hot to the touch at the end of the day. When temperatures reach 100 degrees, even with a window partially open, the temperature inside a car can reach 138 degrees in five minutes and up to 150 degrees in 15 minutes.
On the other hand, you will be amazed at the interesting plant life thriving here, the golden sunsets and the sheer size of the city. And keep an eye out for signs of Arizona’s 5 Cs: copper, cotton, cattle, citrus and climate. They’re even included on the official state seal.
I hope you all enjoy the conference and your lodgings, nestled in the peaks of the Phoenix (North) Mountains.
CPC co-chair 2008