Life takes us today to the piney portions of north central Arizona, and the town of Prescott. While we’re there, we will gain an appreciation for why this part of the state is so green.
At 253PM, MT, Prescott was reporting a temperature of 59 degrees with clear skies. As always, temperature trends were highly dependent on elevation, with Phoenix a solid 15 degrees warmer than Prescott despite a thin layer of clouds over the area.
A high amplitude pattern is in place from the eastern Pacific into the western United States, and through the day Monday, it will be high pressure in control. A strong area of low pressure will be sliding into the west coast of California at the same time, emerging from the Pacific. A warm front will slice through Arizona late on Monday evening, though it will be warm in name only, bringing some slightly cooler temperatures and a southwest flow off the Pacific, as well as a bit of light rain, mostly in the high terrain. The cold front will wait until the end of an otherwise dry Tuesday to make its way into central Arizona. Prescott will almost certainly stay warm enough to be snow free on Tuesday, but in the mountains outside of town, an inch or two can be expected.
Tomorrow – increasing clouds, light rain, High 58, Low 41
Tuesday – Rain returns late in the day, High 52, Low 38
TWC: Tomorrow – Cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower high 60, Low 38
Tuesday – Rain. High 52, Low 43
AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy High 61, Low 36
Tuesday – Periods of rain; breezy in the afternoon High 54, Low 40
NWS: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy High 57, Low 38
Tuesday – Showers likely before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 3pm and 4pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, High 53, Low 38
WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain showers in the morning. A chance of rain showers in the afternoon. High 59, Low 36
Tuesday – Breezy. Rain showers likely in the morning. Thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. High 55, Low 39
WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with scattered showers, High 58, Low 36
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy with showers, High 52, Low 44
FIO: Tomorrow – Overcast throughout the day. (late rain) High 61, Low 39
Tuesday – Rain starting in the afternoon. High 52, Low 40
Not exactly the forecast one expects in Arizona, is it? Here is the current satellite imagery, in which you can see some of those clouds down by Phoenix.