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No Moisture Expected This Week Featured

Sunny, dry and warmer-than-normal this week.

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  • 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.

Forecast Table:

https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/wxtables/

Navigate on the map to your location and click for a detailed local forecast.

Discussion:

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.

C. James

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Curtis N. James, Ph.D.
Professor of Meteorology

Applied Aviation Sciences

Prescott Campus


Met Mail is an unofficial weather discussion and forecast transmitted once or twice a week via e-mail by the Embry-Riddle Department of Meteorology (http://meteo.pr.erau.edu/). Embry-Riddle offers an undergraduate bachelor-of-science degree program in Applied Meteorology. Please spread the word to all potential qualified candidates!

Further Information:

ERAU Applied Meteorology degree program

Official National Weather Service forecast

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Dr. Curtis N. James, Ph.D.

Curtis N. James, Ph. D. Is a Professor of Meteorology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences.

He has taught courses in beginning meteorology, aviation weather, thunderstorms, satellite and radar imagery interpretation, atmospheric physics, mountain meteorology, tropical meteorology and weather forecasting techniques for over 16 years. He participates in ERAU’s Study Abroad program, offering alternating summer programs each year in Switzerland and Brazil.

He earned a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington (2004) and participated in the Mesoscale Alpine Programme (MAP; 1999), an international field research project in the European Alps. His research specialties include radar, mesoscale, and mountain meteorology. He earned his B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Arizona (1995), during which time he gained two years of operational experience as a student intern with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Tucson, Arizona (1993-1995).

Dr. James is a native of Arizona where he currently resides with his wife and five children. He is active in his community, having served on the Prescott SciTechFest Advisory Committee and as a Board Member for the Children's Museum Alliance, Inc. On his spare time, he enjoys weather watching, backpacking, camping, fishing, caving, mountain biking, acting, and music. He is an Eagle Scout and serves as the scoutmaster for a local scout troop.

https://erau.edu/degrees/bachelor/bachelor-of-science-degree-in-applied-meteorology?campus=prescott

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