I haven’t posted for a while. Among other things, I was taking an online course that took considerable time. Also, there really hasn’t been much to talk about. May was chilly. April was a bit warm. Not enough precipitation. All in all, it has been a very slow start to spring after last winter’s bitter cold.
But now we have record warm temperatures. Thank goodness! Here is how the temperatures for the last week in the southwest look. This graphic from HamWeather.com shows records warmth popping up.
I had briefly hopped that the above average temperatures would continue and potentially drive an early start to the monsoon season. Now it seems we are going to drop back down closer to normal for the next week or so.
I don’t see any big drivers for the monsoon season. The National Weather Service posted this slide show with an outlook for the monsoon. They start with the fact that it is very difficult to predict. If you want to understand the mechanics of the monsoon, you can check out my slide show here: Monsoon Mechanics.