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Significance of slope in the desert

 
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First post! Here we go:
I recently moved to Tempe, Az (just outside of Phoenix for those who don"t know) and am starting my search for a piece of property somewhere in the valley. I want something on a hillside so I initially started looking for south facing slopes. Then it occurred to me that I might be getting TOO MUCH sun out here in the middle of the desert. Is this not the case or would a north facing slope keep things cooler? Could there possibly be an advantage to living on an east facing slope that would be shaded in the afternoons? Like I said before I just moved to the desert from the suburbs of San Diego so I really have no clue what the summer will be like here, but the winter is very mild even compared to southern California. I don't think I have to worry about too little sun through the winter months. Any helpful tips or links would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Look at Palm Springs, CA. It is situated just east of a mountain. In the summer time, the sun goes down around 2-3 pm.
Maybe that is why the Indians settled there thousands of years ago.
 
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Having just spent most of a year in Arizona, you will definitely want a cool-facing slope in the warmer months. Creating cool microclimates in Tempe will be a full-time job. Create shade wherever you can/
 
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Thanks for the replies John and Toby. I will have to visit Palm Springs next time I am back in southern California. Shade will definitely be one of my top priorities. Good thing I love to plant trees.
 
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