Tucson is a city in and the state of Arizona, United States. Tucson is the second most-populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix. Tucson is just 60 mi north of the U.S.-Mexico border.
There city is home to many schools, including many university campuses!
Tucson is the only home of the iconic Saguaro cactus, one of the defining plants of the Sonoran Desert. These plants are large, tree-like columnar cacti that develop branches (or arms) as they age, although some never grow arms. Saguaros are covered with protective spines, white flowers in the late spring, and red fruit in summer!
Tucson was founded as a military fort by the Spanish when Hugo O'Conor authorized the construction of Presidio San Agustín del Tucsón in 1775. It was included in the state of Sonora after Mexico gained independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821.
The Spanish name of the city, Tucsón, is derived from the O'odham Cuk Ṣon, meaning "(at the) base of the black [hill]", a reference to a basalt-covered hill now known as Sentinel Peak. Tucson is sometimes referred to as "The Old Pueblo."
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Hot! Tucson has what's called a semi-arid climate, with two major seasons, a hot summer and mild winter. Tucson rarely sees snow, and even then it's just a few flakes that melt quickly.
Tucson averages 11.8 inches of precipitation per year, concentrated between the Pacific storms of winter and the North American Monsoon of summer. Fall and spring months tend to be sunny and dry.
On average, Tucson receives it first monsoon storms around July 3. Monsoon activity generally persists through August and often into September. During the monsoon, intense thunderstorms and rainfall can cause flash floods. The evening sky at this time of year is often pierced with dramatic lightning strikes. Large areas of the city do not have storm sewers, so monsoon rains flood the main thoroughfares. If a road is flooded and a barricade is in place, motorists who drive around the barricade can be charged up to $2000 for costs involved in rescuing them!
The warmth and rainfall covers Tucson in spectacular yellows, oranges, purples, and pinks of wildflowers and blooming cacti. Keep an eye out for colorful birds and wildcats!
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