For Flagstaff, it wasn’t exceptionally dry. In fact, our precipitation was just about right in the historic middle. There were few stormy days, but wet when we got them. The rest of Arizona was exceptionally warm and exceptionally dry.
Prescott and Winslow set new records for August’s monthly temperature profile.
There are a couple of notes I want to make about August’s climate profile for Flagstaff. First, the hot days weren’t all that hot. We didn’t set any record high temperatures in August 2011. Many, if not most days were above average for high temperatures. I think it is more noticeable that most days had much above average low temperatures. I think this was the true driver of the over all high average daily temperature for the month.
Another point is that several days with winds out of the southwest. From a rough eyeball count, I see 20 days where the winds were from the southwest. While the winds were heavy, it seemed like there were often days when you could watch a cloud grow, look promising, but then drift off to the northeast and dissipate.
It still looks like the Monsoon will go out with a roar over the next two weeks. It may start as soon as this weekend or Monday. We’ll see. With 2 tropical systems to the east, Katia and Lee, anything can change.