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It's summer in Arizona. Time to come inside

It's summer in Arizona. Time to come inside

In northern climes, dead leaves, gardeners bringing their plants inside and children praying for school closures all signal one thing: Winter is blowing in hard and mean.

Here in Arizona, they mark something else. It’s not winter. It’s summer. The leaves are curling up and dying of heat. Gardeners bring in their plants, fearing not frost but the first truly hot day. And when children supplicate a higher power for bad weather, they're praying for school-shuttering monsoons.

Summer in southern Arizona isn’t the stuff of warm, sepia-tinted afternoons spent cannonballing into the lake. Here, summer means the death of...