Yesterday's heavy rains dumped over 2" in under one hour in parts of Tempe. Today, the streets are muddy, littered with debris, and there are puddles all around. The heavy air remains, temperatures are down in the 90s but it's muggy (usually it's a dry heat!) and we are sure to get more rain. Outside the familiar cicada buzz is nonstop (when I first began to write, then abruptly stopped for the evening at 8:19). Earlier I went downtown and was rewarded with a rare sight - several black-necked stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) picking through the lawn puddles near Tempe Center for the Arts by the lake. I'm a big fan of black and white birds, and these are beautiful with their elegant beaks and crazy red stilt legs. They show up when there are puddles around, which is why I don't get to see them in Tempe too often!