Millions of Americans and Canadians flock south each winter in search of warmer weather and sunshine. Many of these snowbirds head to Florida, of course, but many also are migrating to the desert southwest. As amazing as the desert is, there are also some unique challenges and hazards.

We recently created a three-part video series covering some of the unique joys and challenges of spending winter in the desert. Much of the information in these we learned through trial and error or experimentation. Some of the information was also passed on to us by people who were already familiar with the desert. Now, as we are back in the desert for our third winter we share the highlights of what we have learned.

Our hope with this video series is to make your experience spending winter in the desert as pleasant and rewarding as possible. We hope you enjoy these videos and find the information useful. Please let us know in the comments below if there are more desert topics you would like us to cover in a future video.

In Part 1 we provide an overview of what you need to know about winter in the desert.

In Part 2 we address three related desert challenges: dust, dust storms, and Valley Fever.

In Part 3 we cover common desert hazards and strategies you can use to stay safe in the desert.