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  • Mesa holds rich citrus history, weather was huge help

    Mesa holds rich citrus history, weather was huge help

    Friday, August 4 2017 7:13 AM EDT2017-08-04 11:13:10 GMT

    If you drive by Broadway and Country Club in Mesa you have likely seen this faded Sunkist logo on an old brick building. "It doesn't take long, it's changed so fast," state historian Marshall Trimble said talking about the change in a growing city.  

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    If you drive by Broadway and Country Club in Mesa you have likely seen this faded Sunkist logo on an old brick building. "It doesn't take long, it's changed so fast," state historian Marshall Trimble said talking about the change in a growing city.  

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  • Big bill! Here's how much it costs to cool large Valley buildings

    Big bill! Here's how much it costs to cool large Valley buildings

    Tuesday, June 20 2017 4:17 AM EDT2017-06-20 08:17:31 GMT
    It's almost summer and your electric bills are likely climbing as fast as our temperatures. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)It's almost summer and your electric bills are likely climbing as fast as our temperatures. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    It's almost summer and your electric bills are likely climbing as fast as our temperatures. This is the hottest week of the year so far and on any given street, the hum of air conditioners is now the soundtrack to the summer.

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    It's almost summer and your electric bills are likely climbing as fast as our temperatures. This is the hottest week of the year so far and on any given street, the hum of air conditioners is now the soundtrack to the summer.

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  • High country heat: Has Flagstaff ever hit 100?

    High country heat: Has Flagstaff ever hit 100?

    Friday, June 16 2017 10:36 AM EDT2017-06-16 14:36:26 GMT
    The San Francisco PeaksThe San Francisco Peaks

    With 120-degree heat possible next week, many of you may be thinking about escaping the heat in a place like Flagstaff. Why not?! They have an elevation of 7,000 feet and their average temperature this time of year is in the upper 70's.  

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    With 120-degree heat possible next week, many of you may be thinking about escaping the heat in a place like Flagstaff. Why not?! They have an elevation of 7,000 feet and their average temperature this time of year is in the upper 70's.  

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  • Fossil Creek: Arizona gem is perfect summer escape from Phoenix

    Fossil Creek: Arizona gem is perfect summer escape from Phoenix

    Saturday, April 1 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-04-02 03:00:16 GMT
    Fossil Creek (Source: John Hebrank)Fossil Creek (Source: John Hebrank)

    Summer will be here before you know it and Phoenix will feel like the surface of the sun. But there’s a paradise a short drive away where you can go to escape the searing heat. An oasis that will cool your bones and enchant your eyes, Fossil Creek is an Arizona gem. 

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    Summer will be here before you know it and Phoenix will feel like the surface of the sun. But there’s a paradise a short drive away where you can go to escape the searing heat. An oasis that will cool your bones and enchant your eyes, Fossil Creek is an Arizona gem. 

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  • Wildflowers sprout in Arizona: Where to see them

    Wildflowers sprout in Arizona: Where to see them

    Thursday, March 16 2017 9:03 AM EDT2017-03-16 13:03:19 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Festivals and spring training are hugely popular in the valley this time of year, but the colors of the desert are calling your name. Wildflower season is in full swing right here in our own Arizona backyard. 

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    Festivals and spring training are hugely popular in the valley this time of year, but the colors of the desert are calling your name. Wildflower season is in full swing right here in our own Arizona backyard. 

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  • Dog healer gets Pay It Forward boost to help injured animals

    Dog healer gets Pay It Forward boost to help injured animals

    Friday, September 9 2016 11:15 PM EDT2016-09-10 03:15:02 GMT
    Anna Carter contacted CBS 5 News to Pay It Forward to Mary Ann Everett, who runs a special dog rescue out of her home. (Source: CBS 5 News)Anna Carter contacted CBS 5 News to Pay It Forward to Mary Ann Everett, who runs a special dog rescue out of her home. (Source: CBS 5 News)

    Mary Ann Everett believes all dogs deserves happy, loving homes, which is why she runs a small non-profit dog rescue out of her home, rehabbing injured dogs so they can be adopted. 

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    Mary Ann Everett believes all dogs deserves happy, loving homes, which is why she runs a small non-profit dog rescue out of her home, rehabbing injured dogs so they can be adopted. 

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  • Desert rain: What gives it that sweet smell?

    Desert rain: What gives it that sweet smell?

    Thursday, July 21 2016 1:10 AM EDT2016-07-21 05:10:08 GMT
    Have you ever noticed rain has a certain smell here in the desert?(Source: snehit via 123RF)Have you ever noticed rain has a certain smell here in the desert?(Source: snehit via 123RF)

    Have you ever noticed rain has a certain smell here in the desert? That smell has a name -- petrichor. What you're smelling isn't rain, though.

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    Have you ever noticed rain has a certain smell here in the desert? That smell has a name -- petrichor. What you're smelling isn't rain, though.

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  • Catching rain: How you can save water this monsoon

    Catching rain: How you can save water this monsoon

    Thursday, July 14 2016 1:11 AM EDT2016-07-14 05:11:06 GMT
    A rain barrel is an easy and cheap way to start to harvesting rain. (Source: CBS 5 News)A rain barrel is an easy and cheap way to start to harvesting rain. (Source: CBS 5 News)

    With around only 9 inches of rain falling each year on average in Phoenix, some people are always looking for ways to save water. It's easier and cheaper than you might think.

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    With around only 9 inches of rain falling each year on average in Phoenix, some people are always looking for ways to save water. It's easier and cheaper than you might think.

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Ian SchwartzAn Arizona native, born and raised in Mesa, and graduation of Arizona State University, Ian Schwartz is thrilled to be back in the Valley of the Sun.

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Ian Schwartz
Wake Up Meteorologist

After starting his journalism career in Illinois, Ian worked in Albuquerque and later Sacramento. In the field as a reporter, he has covered flash floods, blizzards, tornadoes, wildfires, drought and just about everything the weather can offer. After spending some time reporting, Ian decided to further his education and completed Mississippi State's broadcast meteorology program. Ian loves everything about Arizona weather from winter storms in the north to the monsoon in the south. When Ian isn't giving you the forecast in the morning, you can find him hiking, traveling and exploring everything our great state has to offer. If you have any weather pictures or want to say hi, drop him an email or connect online.

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