Lee Born

Staff Meteorologist

Lee’s career in weather began while he was in the Navy, working as a weather observer aboard a U.S. Naval ship. He has a B.S. in Meteorology from San Jose State University. Over the years Lee has worked in a broad range of weather fields including climatology, aviation meteorology and, most recently, as a broadcast meteorologist. From 2001-2008, Lee was Chief Meteorologist at KNAZ, Flagstaff’s NBC affiliate, and he worked as a reporter and weather anchor for KPNX, in Phoenix. Lee has also made several appearances on The Weather Channel during some of Flagstaff’s biggest snowstorms. He collaborated with KNAU for many years before coming on in 2013 as the station’s in-house meteorologist. Lee is also Chief Meteorologist and student advisor for NAZ Today, Northern Arizona University’s TV news station.


12:26 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Is This El Niño Weather?

El Niño is still kicking, and there's an 80% chance it will last through the calendar year. Does the series of unusually strong late season storms in the Southwest have to do with El Niño? In my opinion...absolutely. In the figure below, sea surface temperatures continue to be anomalously warm in the equatorial Pacific. Thunderstorm complexes tend to form in these regions where there is a lot of available evaporating ocean water(see global satellite).

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11:23 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Flagstaff Five Day Forecast
































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7:13 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

All About Spring Wind

The NWS put together this educational video on why Spring is so windy in northern and central AZ.

8:39 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Goodbye Winter 2014-15', Globally Warmest on Record, Hello Spring

March, 20th 2015 marks the Vernal Equinox, which occurs at 3:45 pm local time, also known as the beginning of Spring. 

1:36 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

2014 Warmest on Record in Several Western States





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7:35 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

2014, A Climatologically Bad Year

The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has compiled 2014 weather statistics for much of northern Arizona and the numbers aren't very good. Flagstaff recorded it 3rd warmest year since 1898 while Prescott recorded it's 1st warmest since 1948. It was also the 1st warmest year recorded for Winslow and 2nd warmest in Page. Flagstaff ended up with 20.67" of precipitation which is 95% of the yearly average. This is largely due to a wet monsoon.

12:45 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Consensus: 97% of Climate Scientists Agree

Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources.

12:38 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Northern AZ Radar