Category Archives: Arizona

500 hPa: Alaska warmer than Arizona today

Up at the 500 hPa level, this morning finds a considerably warmer temperature at Yakutat AK, with -19 C, than at Tucson AZ where the temperature is -31 C.  The warmest 500 hPA temperature this month (Jan 2013) at Yakutat … Continue reading

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2011, record warm year in Douglas AZ

Douglas in SE Arizona reported a record warm year in 2011 in spite of reaching ZERO degrees on 4 Feb 2011, the 2nd lowest temperature in the historical record. The Tucson NWS has more:   RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER … Continue reading

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From freezer to frying pan: July 2011 in Arizona

Yesterday on 1 July 2011 the folks at Fort Valley (7300 ft), north of Flagstaff, woke up to an icy cold 31 degrees F.  This didn’t last long, as the high temperature climbed 56 degrees to 87 F by afternoon. … Continue reading

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Wallow Fire in Arizona

My working hypothesis about the Wallow Fire is that the rather rapid fire spread to the NE from the source region and large acreage burned was largely driven by unusually persistent 15-50 mph SW winds which were a result of … Continue reading

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May-June 2011 temperatures across the West

The Eagle AK coop site (1949-present) near the Yukon River has never reported a temperature below 31 F this late in June.  Yet today, the nearby Eagle AK ASOS site observed a minimum temperature of 28 F, the 1st subfreezing … Continue reading

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Cold in Seattle – mid February to mid May 2011

Over the past 87 days (nearly 3 months) going back to 15 Feb 2011 SeaTac Airport has had 75 days of below normal temperature and only 12 days above normal.  In other words 86% of the days over the past … Continue reading

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Cold in Arizona, morning of 10 April 2011

Just 2 weeks ago Death Valley CA experienced a record-breaking temperature of 103 degrees in March. Now just 2 weeks later we have a subzero reading reported from northern Arizona at Bellemont. After several inches of snow fell across the … Continue reading

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