The definition of Phoenix is a long-lived bird that cynically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by rising from the ashes of it's predecessors.
With our extreme summers, you may think the city got it's name from this fiery mythical Greek bird that has close associations with the sun. That is true to point.
The name Phoenix originally came from a man named Phillip Duppa. Duppa was an Englishman that came to Arizona, and eventually to the Valley of the Sun. He was a businessman and a bit of a Pioneer. He offered that name not because the location was hot like the magical Phoenix wrapped in flames, but more to symbolize a rebirth.
If you find that to be interesting, here are 5 more fun facts you may like.
Phoenix is the sunniest major city in the United States, it averages over 300 days of sunshine per year. The average winter temperature is about 67 degrees Fahrenheit (19 in Celsius) and rarely dips below freezing. No umbrellas needed here because it hardly ever rains.
With that said, you can count on about 100 days of temperatures over 100*F (38*C) between late May and early September. Needless to say this is one the hottest cities as well. Our summer months are know as monsoon season. Monsoons can produce thunderstorms, heavy rain, lightning, hail, high winds, flash flooding, dust storms and extreme heat. They are usually short lived but can last up to 3 hours.
The hottest day ever recorded in our beloved Valley of the Sun was June 26TH 1990, when the temperature reached 122*F (50*C). I remember that day well. Personally, I would recommend a home with a pool.
2. Outdoor Activities
There are so many reasons to move to Phoenix. One being the abundance of outdoor activities to take advantage of in our diverse valley. With almost 200 golf courses, Phoenix has become one of the hot spot destinations in the world for golfing. But if golfing doesn't suit your fancy, there are plenty of other outdoor activities that will. When the weather is right, which is about 9 months out of the year, you can go hiking, biking, Jeeping and other off road adventures, or horseback riding. Or, you can always take advantage of one the six nearby lakes.
Enjoying the great outdoors is a favorite pass time for most our Phoenicians residents and visitors.
3. No Daylight Saving Time
Do you ever wonder why we have to reset our clocks twice year? Yeah, me too. Guess what? Here in Arizona you never have to "Spring Forward" or Fall Back", you just ride the same clock out all year long. Gotta Love That!
Phoenix sports teams are alive and well in all 4 pro catagories. Arizona Cardinals Football, Diamondbacks Baseball, Coyotes Hockey and Phoenix Suns Basketball.
Although not really a sports event, we begin our year with the Barrett-Jackson Auction, described as the World's Greatest Collector Car Auction. Followed by Waste Management Phoenix Open, also know as "The Greatest Show on Grass". Believe me, this is like no other golf tournament. The valley really goes into high gear in March, that's when Spring Training begins. Phoenix is the host to 15 major league teams which include, LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A's, Seattle Mariners, San Fransisco Giants, Texas Rangers, and of course our very own Diamondbacks.
NASCAR fan? Not to worry, ISM Raceways hosts 2 events each season.
Last little tidbit is that Phoenix has hosted 2 Super-bowls since our stadium opened in 1998 and is scheduled to host it's next Superbowl in 2023.
5. Business Outlook
When it comes to the economy, Arizona's business outlook is solid. The real estate market is strong. We've had significant growth in the housing market for nearly 10 years, interest rates are low, consumer spending is up and economic growth is on the rise.
There are many high tech companies relocating to our area, Amazon, Acronis, Valor Global, and TEKsystem just to name a few. We are rapidly becoming the Silicon Valley of the desert, a major hot spot for technology companies.
In health-care, cosmetics, and MedTech we are seeing a huge reliance of independent companies on the rise. We are shifting from funding big corporations to seeking out new and innovative platforms, treatments and research.
Although this year Covid 19 has put a huge damper on our tourism industry, normally it produces nearly $24.5 billion dollars annually.
Our "Five C's": Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus, and Climate are slowly becoming a thing of the past.
If you actually read my entire blog, I thank you wholeheartedly.
Always Make Life Beautiful!