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Subject: Re: Unusual Weather in Phoenix
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Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 18:07:30 GMT
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Organization: Cox Communications
"Mark Fergerson" wrote in message
> Jim Thompson wrote:
> > On Fri, 10 Jan 2003 16:26:19 GMT,
> > "Mike" ,
> > In Newsgroup: sci.electronics.cad,
> > Article: ,
> > Entitled: "Re: Unusual Weather in Phoenix",
> > Wrote the following:
> > |
> > |"Paul Wylie" wrote in message
> > |news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
> > |> In alt.primenet.recovery Mike wrote:
> > |> > And why no eves (roof overhang)?
> > |>
> > |> It depends where you were looking. Most of the nicer houses here
> > |> 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
> > |> or fire concerns, but because the strong UV here really kills almost
> > |> anything and wood dries out very badly in direct sunlight.
> Slight quibble; termites are a real problem in some parts
> of the valley.
> > |> Houses here do have eaves (small ones). Mine does. Not all of them
> > |> though. The Spanish stucco architecture favored in a lot of
> > |> usually doesn't lend itself to eaves, and quite frankly, they're
> > |> 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
> > |> usually don't have basements or rain gutters.
> > |
> > |You know, the other question I was going to ask was about those rain
> > |in Jim's photos...
> > |
> > |-- Mike --
> > |
> > That particular portion of the roof-line was prone to dribbling down
> > the stucco, staining it. So I made the builder put rain gutters
> > there.
> Another thing people forget about deserts is that when it
> _does_ rain here, it doesn't fool around. We get some of the
> fiercest thunderstorms I've ever seen or heard of here. You
> don't need gutters or eaves year-round, or even every year,
> but when you _do_ need them, they're nice to have.
I lived in New Mexico for a time; I suspect the thundershowers we had there
were similar to yours. Those dumped so much rain so quickly, though, that
rain gutters were effectively worthless.
-- Mike --