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Photo Essay: Sudden Downpour

So far, August’s monsoon storms have been quite impressive. A total of .55″ to date. More than half of the rain came during last Friday’s sudden downpour.

Here are the results from my neighborhood, starting with the street flooding at 3rd Avenue and Flores Drive…

Photo essay - street flooding in Tucson, Arizona

The downpour was preceded by a windstorm, which pushed this recycling bin half a block away from where it was sitting along Seneca Street…

Photo essay - street flooding in Tucson, Arizona

The street flooding has an annoying habit of ending up in my neighbor’s front yard and driveway. She hosted a December 2012 Watershed Management Group workshop to address this problem.

Looks like her water harvesting basins are working as they should. The branches are from a July tree-trimming project…

Photo essay - water harvesting features in Tucson, Arizona

Photo essay - water harvesting features in Tucson, Arizona

The excess runoff drains back to the street…

Photo essay - water harvesting features in Tucson, Arizona

Photo essay - water harvesting features in Tucson, Arizona

Here’s Timothy, doing the good neighbor thing and returning that bin to its proper residence…

Photo essay - returning a recycling bin in Tucson, Arizona

Uh-oh. Trouble south of 3rd Avenue. Easement is full of flood water…

Photo essay - street flooding in Tucson, Arizona

Neighbors have been talking about how to keep this valuable resource from escaping. Should we try streetside water harvesting basins and traffic circle gardens? Stay tuned…

I’ve previously posted about the end of the mesquite pod harvest. Well, not so fast. These soggy beans have another job to do. They’re going to heat up my compost pile, and that will speed the decomposition process…

Photo essay - soggy mesquite pods in Tucson, Arizona

What’s another cool thing about rainy weather? You can see how it’s making your garden grow!

Photo essay - rain-soaked garden in Tucson, Arizona

Photo essay - rain-soaked garden in Tucson, Arizona

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