Sunny, dry and warmer-than-normal this week.
- Current drought conditions are exceptional
- This week expect the weather to be sunny and warmer-than-normal
- There might be some breeziness on Tuesday and Friday
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It’s dry. It’s warm. It’s really, really dry.
Continued mostly sunny, dry, and warmer-than-normal this week through Friday. Highs in the upper 50s and lows in the upper 20s. There will be periods of high clouds much of the week Tonight through Saturday. There will also be periods of breezes on Tuesday and Friday – Saturday in association with two weak disturbances moving across the state.
On Saturday, cooler air will spread across the state, bringing highs into the lower 50s and morning lows into the lower 20s for the rest of the weekend.
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Happy New Year!
The Prescott area received between 0-2” of snow early last week, but this was not nearly enough moisture to provide relief for the exceptional drought conditions that we have been experiencing. We received only 25-50% of normal precipitation in 2020 (https://water.weather.gov/precip/), and with La Nina conditions continuing, dryer-than-normal weather is likely to continue for the rest of the winter and early spring here in Arizona (https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/).
For this week, dry conditions will persist. A disturbance brushing across Arizona on Tuesday and again on Friday – Saturday will bring periods of northerly breezes up to 20 mph or more. A cold front on Saturday morning will drop temperatures by 5-10 degrees, back to near normal temperatures for the coming weekend. However, no rain or snow expected for at least a week.
Curtis N. James, Ph.D.
Professor of Meteorology
Applied Aviation Sciences
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