Low Temps Could Be Record-Setting

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Hello again, fellow Creekers.

Wow. Was that cold? What a way to start the new year! I have not heard an official temperature low for Christopher Creek, but according to accuweather.com Payson hit minus 12 degrees and usually we’re about 8 degrees cooler still. That means we were likely close to minus 20 degrees. From what little information I’ve been able to obtain, that means we were eerily close to or beat the record set in 1933. If anyone has better facts on this subject please e-mail me. What we do know for sure is that it was cold — real cold. Just try and buy some heat tape from any hardware store in town ... everyone’s out!

Linda at the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department and I became pretty good buddies over the whole New Year’s super-storm. I think I must’ve called her at least 20 times over two days asking her for the latest updates and sharing what other information I was able to gather.

All of the normal ways to get information were just locked up. You couldn’t get through by calling 511 and there was no access to az511.gov, as the server was overwhelmed.

Christopher Creek Lodge was very busy during the New Year’s holiday and I felt like an air traffic controller trying to successfully get guests safely in and out of Christopher Creek. Once they were here though, they sure loved it. They got all the snow anyone could ask for. I want to really thank Linda who did a great job by offering to add us to the “must call with relevant updates” list. She was a big help.

Well I hope everyone else was safe and sound during that unusually cold couple of days and I hope everyone is off to a terrific 2011!

The good news is, as far as I know, there were no major accidents involving serious injury and that everyone is no worse for the wear. And now we have all of this beautiful snow to look at.

As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: info@christophercreeklodge.com. Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.

Thanks again for reading the column.

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