Summer in Phoenix reminds me of winters growing up in Minnesota. "What!" you say "How can July in the sun-baked desert of Phoenix, Arizona remind you of the frozen, wind-blown tundra-like environment of Minnesota in January?" Well believe it or not it does.
There are actually several similarities.
1. The weather is extreme: e.g. Minnesota in January = - 30 degress F, Arizona in July = 115 deg. F.
2. Everyone stays inside because it's either too hot or too cold to be outside for any length of time.
3. Energy usage hits an all time high for heating your homes in Minnesota and cooling them in Arizona.
4. Touching metal objects is a no-no and can result in either a nasty burn or painful frostbite.
5. Both cause me to question why anyone decided to settle here in the first place.
6. Nobody from out of state visits you.
7. You make trips to places with the opposite temperature: e.g. Mexico in the winter and Canada in the summer.
8. Plants and animals are doment and/or clinging to life.
9. Golf courses are suddenly empty.
10. You will refuse to go anywhere if the climate control is not working in your car.
So there you have it. Surprisingly there are several similarities between Minnesota winters and Arizona summers. Once you've experienced either one of them you are truely a survivor.