A Terrifying, Deadly Storm Struck Arizona In 1967 And No One Saw It Coming
Think Arizona is all sunshine and cactus? Not exactly! There seems to be a common misconception among non-Arizonans that it doesn’t snow here at all but we can, and often do, have a white Christmas.
All regions of the state typically see some amount of snow every year—whether it’s sitting right out the front door or on a not-too-distant mountain. We’ve even had blizzards some years and today, we’ll be highlighting on particularly brutal one that occurred almost a half-century ago.
Unfortunately, we were unable to use photos from the 1967 storm but you can take a peek at them at this link. It’s pretty amazing! A similar storm occurred in 2010, though less severe, so we’re including photos from that event to help illustrate the scenario.
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.