Mow the Lake?

Coolidge Dam

SAN CARLOS RESERVATION — In the 1920s, the federal government decided Arizona needed another dam. Surveyors picked a site on the Reservation, and when the new barrier was completed, they named it Coolidge Dam, after the incumbent president, who actually showed up for the dedication ceremony.

Clifton Flood Gate (Almost) Put to the Test

Flood gate in Clifton. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

CLIFTON — The folks in Clifton have finally seen their flood gate in action, but nobody’s certain even yet whether or not it will hold back the waters. After the San Francisco River overran its banks and flooded the community twice in the 1970s and again in 1983, the Army Corps of Engineers and the state of Arizona developed a levee system…

Artistic Flood Prevention in Clifton

Flood gate in Clifton. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

CLIFTON — The southern portion of Clifton suffered major damage when the San Francisco River overran its banks twice in the 1970s and again in 1983. To remedy that, the Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Arizona developed a levee system to serve as flood control. But the levee had to cross State Route 75, Clifton’s main street.

How Much Water Does My Swimming Pool Lose Through Evaporation?

boy in pool

Q: How much water do I lose from my swimming pool through evaporation? A: This is a question that comes in a lot, evaporation from swimming pools or from Tempe Town Lake. It seems to be preying on the minds of many of you. I actually found an equation for this…

Ever Wonder Why Weather Forecasts are Inaccurate?

Adverse Driving Conditions

Why are weather forecasts still so inaccurate? We often hear a storm “just snuck in” or a predicted storm “just fell apart.” We’re talking about storms here, big things many miles high and wide, driven by lows and highs that are hundreds of miles across, steered by huge jet streams that don’t make sudden turns.