Jun 072010
 
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It was way hot at Lake Powell over the weekend and in most of the Southwest. For the first time in a long time Flagstaff tied and broke records.  Thanks to the high clouds, last night’s temperature stayed in the mid-50’s. This will give us a warm start to a day that was already going to be hot. Here are two reports:

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR NORTHERN ARIZONA ON JUN 06 2010...

 CITY (PERIOD OF RECORD)            NEW HIGH      PREVIOUS RECORD/YEAR
 COTTONWOOD-TUZIGOOT (1977 - 2010)     107          104        IN  2002
 FLAGSTAFF (1899 - 2010)                90          87         IN  2002
 GRAND CANYON NP S RIM (1967 - 2010)    97          93         IN  1996
 NAVAJO NM (1939 - 2010)                92          91         IN  2006
 PAGE (1958 - 2010)                    103          101        IN  2006
 PETRIFIED FOREST (1931 - 2010)        103          99         IN  2006
 SEDONA (1944 - 2010)                  102          102 (TIED) IN  2002
 SPRINGERVILLE (1911 - 2010)            96          92         IN  1933
 WINSLOW (1893 - 2010)                 103          102        IN  2006

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR NORTHERN ARIZONA ON JUN 05 2010...

 CITY (PERIOD OF RECORD)            NEW HIGH      PREVIOUS RECORD/YEAR
 FLAGSTAFF (1899 - 2010)                88          88 (TIED)  IN  2010
 MCNARY 2N (1921 - 2010)                92          88         IN  1996
 PETRIFIED FOREST (1931 - 2010)         98          98 (TIED)  IN  2006
 WINSLOW (1893 - 2010)                 100          100 (TIED) IN  2006

Notice that contrary to the  Arizona Daily Sun’s claim of a record breaking Saturday, it was actually just a tie.

Another interesting feature was the thunderstorms that popped up  around the region. This was do to a monsoon-like flow from Mexico north. Dewpoints have been above average for the last few days. You may have even noticed condensation on your cold ones over the weekend. The high clouds we have this morning are a result of those storms.  Here is a link to my monsoon page. It’s time to review.

Temperatures and dewpoints should fall considerably through the week as southwest winds start gradually building. A storm system is due around the end of the week. Next weekend looks to be nice, but 10-15 degrees cooler than this weekend.

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