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Snow In Tucson: All the View, None of the Mess!

View of snowcapped Pusch Ridge in Tucson's Catalina Mountains

When the snow falls in Tucson, as it did this week, it wreaths the city with a white ring, laying on the mountain ranges that surround us.  The snow line is usually around 4,500 feet, with the valley and the lower Tucson Mountains getting rain.  We love the rain!

Valley dwellers get to enjoy all the beauty of the surrounding snowcapped mountains without any of the inconvenience of actually having to deal with the snow.

Snow laden clouds cover the Catalinas while the valley gets rain

Bedraggled Red Tail Hawk endures the rainThese homes in Hidden Valley, near Tucson's Sabino Canyon, are a perfect example.  While Thursday's storm laid a couple of feet of snow on Summerhaven (hidden high in the clouds at elevation 9,000,) the valley floor at elevation 3,000 enjoyed two inches of much needed rain.

Of course, not everyone finds happiness in the rain ~ this bedraggled Red Tailed Hawk looked miserable on his perch in the high end community of Sabino Mountain, overlooking the valley below.  That Saguaro arm that he's sitting on has been damaged by a rare freeze, causing the normally upright arm to lose strength and fall.

Today (Saturday) saw the last of the storm as it moved off to the east, leaving in its wake the promise of beauty in March and April, when the desert floor will be carpeted with flowers.  I hope you'll visit and see it for yourself!  If not, be sure I'll be blogging about it, just so you don't miss a thing.

Here's one last photo from today.  This is downtown Tucson, looking north toward the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Downtown Tucson with the Catalina Mountains in the background


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Comment balloon 21 commentsMike Jones • January 23 2010 11:50PM


Hi Mike, Spending a lot of time in Palm Desert I came to appreciate the all look and no mess of the snow. Good post.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 11 years ago

Mike, Thanks for taking me awaaay! Such beauty surrounds you and I love how you capture the scenery, put it to words and then share. You have a wonderful talent! 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 11 years ago


You're a night owl!  Thanks for the kind words.  I hope you come visit one of these days.


Thanks for being the first to comment! 

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

That's one of the things I miss.  So pretty, and you're correct, no muss no fuss. 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike, how ironic, we are under the same conditions here also.

                                                 ~ Life is Good ~

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) almost 11 years ago

I don't think I've ever seen that happen to a saguaro.  And, the best part of the snow/rain is that in a couple weeks when it's 75 or 80, everyone will go to Mt Lemon to play in the snow!  At least that's how we did it...

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) almost 11 years ago

What beautiful shots! Tuscon is such a great place and you make it looke even better! Thanks so much for the Moon shot ...so gorgoeus and very nice of you!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) almost 11 years ago

I love the rain, too, as long as you put a t in front of it. Give me a train, and you can have the rain and snow. LOL

Posted by Not a real person almost 11 years ago

Mike - These are wonderful pictures.  I think it's great to enjoy the snow - especially from a distance!  I especially love the downtown Tucson photo.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) almost 11 years ago

I noticed the same thing while I was in Vegas this past week...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike, These are great shots and beautiful photos.  Thanks for sharing with us, hope you have a great week.

Posted by Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust! (Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions") almost 11 years ago

Good Morning Mike - great blog - I can just see you and Ginny sitting by the fire and looking at the lovely mountain view that you have.  We had a freeze in Florida too and our plants don't look real healthy either.  Have a wonderful Sunday - Love Ya, Kathie

Posted by Kathie Morgan almost 11 years ago

Are you sure you didn't take a position as the Tourism Ambassador for Tuscon?  Love the photos!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike, we are way too brown here right now, and are in the midst of a wind/rain storm. Good nap weather. ;-) Enjoyed your photos.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 11 years ago

Hey Mike! The photos are great, your mountains look wonderful with their blanket of snow :)


Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) almost 11 years ago

I can say that you really have some nice benefits living in AZ.  The view is wonderful and I would like the rain too if I could have that view.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 11 years ago

What a gorgeous backdrop and the best way to enjoy snow!

Posted by Marlene Hoffman - Naples Beach Condos (Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago


It certainly is, isn't it? Thanks for commenting.


We only get 12" per year on average, so every drop is precious.


It's lovely, isn't it?!


Thanks for stopping by; we just finished the last of your wonderful apple cake last week.  Thanks again!


Now if only I could make a living at it...  LOL


That freeze you had in Florida is just wrong!  It's not supposed to get that cold there.  Can't wait to see the two of you on your next visit.  And Cody's coming!  We're excited.


Thanks for commenting!  ...and for the encouraging words.


You probably blogged about your Vegas trip; I'll be over to check out your blog.


I'm partial to that downtown photo too.  The sun was shining on the buildings for just a few minutes, and then the clouds interrupted!


That train was a fluke!  I was taking photos of the snow on the mountain, and here came the train!


You get your fill of snow in Homer, Alaska, don't you?  I'm glad you liked the card!


Mt. Lemmon highway has been closed since Wednesday, and it was supposed to open this afternoon.  I don't know if it did, tho.


What's your elevation in El Paso?  (And I have to say I miss your cowboy hat photo.)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike,
I wish I only had to look at the snow from afar! Beautiful pics as usual... I noticed you still have stat counter on your page. Does it still work? I had taken mine off a while back because the AR folks said the site couldn't support it.

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) almost 11 years ago


I don't know; it's been months since I looked at it.  Thanks for stopping by; I hope you're staying warm back there in God's Country.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

You have to rub it in, don't you!

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) almost 11 years ago

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