The elevation in this area is higher than other major desert cities, so that leads to colder temperatures in the winter and in the evening, regardless of the season
My girlfriend had to move back to her hometown for a year while her mother recovered from surgery, and I decided to follow her to help as much as possible. I knew that she’d be taxed with her job on top of the help she’d be giving her mother. Unfortunately, I knew very little about the place where I was about to live for the next 12 months. It’s a desert city in the southwest and I had never even been further west than 300 miles from the Mississippi River. But despite these big changes for me, I was excited to experience something new. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and forget that there are other things in life to experience and enjoy. However, I’ll never forget how hot it felt as we started to drive further south to reach the interstate that would take us west until we reached the city of our destination. We crossed a few small mountain ranges before we reached the desert city where my girlfriend’s mother lives. It was the end of the summer so I was thankfully in store for a much-needed change in outdoor temperatures. At the same time, I don’t think I was expecting it to be so cold by the end of October. The elevation in this area is higher than other major desert cities, so that leads to colder temperatures in the winter and in the evening, regardless of the season. We stayed comfortable with our heater, but it became so dry indoors that we needed a humidifier too. When you take a climate that is dry by nature, adding cold weather and indoor heat just makes the dryness unbearable.