Well, the 4th of July came and went without the slightest hint of a thunderstorm. This is notable. Seems like July 4th’s bring precipitation to the Northland.This pattern should shift this week. For the next couple of days, high pressure to the southwest of us, which has crept in from the west, will dominate and continue to bring us southwest winds. The flow will shift later in the week as low pressure builds to the southwest of us. This sets up the typical monsoonal flow. By next weekend, the moisture should return, with thunderstorms building.
The Arizona Daily Sun has a front page article about our notable weather last year. As a reminder, the dry monsoon season last summer was due to El Nino. El Nino repositioned the high pressure over us and prevented the monsonal moisture flow.Wildly clear skies resulted in our above average temperatures and no cooling from daily cloud development. El Nino was also responsible for our major snow falls. But, El Nino you typically bring a warmer pattern for the winter. This was clearly not the case.