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.

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It’s time for another Weather Musing with KNAU meteorologist Lee Born where he answers listener questions. And today’s is rather poetic. The question comes from Ed Peacock of Flagstaff who wants to know if his observations reading water on the Colorado River also apply to wind speed. 


Fall Colors Updates 10/13

Oct 13, 2017

It will be a beautiful weekend of weather to get outside and take in the fall colors of Arizona. Though many of the aspens at higher elevation have past their peak and dropped leaves, there is still plenty of opportunity for good viewing. Click the photo for links that will take you to the national forests fall colors pages that provide all the information needed to find areas still ablaze.

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In the latest installment of KNAU’s occasional segment “Weather Musings,” Meteorologist Lee Born answers listener-submitted questions about perceived shifts in the pattern of northern Arizona’s monsoon, as well as the effects of climate change on global weather. 


One of the most spectacular of all sky events is finally within hours. The partial solar eclipse in Arizona will begin at 9:13 am and continue until 12:01. Monsoon activity from Sunday overnight into early Monday will pose some cloud debris issues across portions of northern Arizona. While it is difficult to predict exactly where stubborn morning clouds will linger, we can try.

Here is a look at a model prediction of where the clouds will be hanging around at 8 am. The 11 am forecast is very similar.

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