Subject: Re: Unusual Weather in Phoenix
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Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 16:26:19 GMT
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Organization: Cox Communications
"Paul Wylie" wrote in message
> In alt.primenet.recovery Mike wrote:
> > Did they really close the airport for that?
> Yes, they stopped flights for the fog. Hell, San Francisco closes for
> fog, and they get it every day.
> > When I was in Phoenix a few weeks ago, I noticed that there was
> > virtually no exposed wood anywhere on the houses there. Why? World's
> > most ferocious termites? Fire concerns? And why no eves (roof overhang)?
> It depends where you were looking. Most of the nicer houses here have
> stucco exteriors, and exposed wood usually doesn't go with that look.
> Wood here is also a maintenance issue, but not so much because of termites
> or fire concerns, but because the strong UV here really kills almost
> anything and wood dries out very badly in direct sunlight.
> Houses here do have eaves (small ones). Mine does. Not all of them do,
> though. The Spanish stucco architecture favored in a lot of neighborhoods
> usually doesn't lend itself to eaves, and quite frankly, they're pretty
> much unnecessary here. We get 7"-8" of rain in an average year (last
> year, we only got 2.25") and snow is unheard of. Houses in Phoenix also
> usually don't have basements or rain gutters.
You know, the other question I was going to ask was about those rain gutters
in Jim's photos...
-- Mike --