Climate and Weather

California Hits Precipitation Record

Apr 18, 2017

California hits precipitation record as spring warming commences  By  on April 16, 2017 

Record wet in Northern California; huge snowpack threatens floods


The latest storms that delivered  37 inches of snow in Flagstaff over seven days is the 10th snowiest storm cycle in Flagstaff dating back to 1899. It was also the largest snow storm in seven years. The National Weather Service records "excessive storms," which are defined by a period of time when measurable snowfall occurs on consecutive days, leading to 25 inches or greater accumulation by the time the snowfall ends.

A series of strong and cold Pacific storms will take aim at Arizona over coming days. The first in the series will quickly enter Thursday spreading rain and snow across the region. Snow will accumulate with the first storm down to 5500', especially Thursday night into early Friday. The second storm is due Friday evening into early Saturday. This storm will be colder and wetter with more snow piling up down to 5000' or even lower. A lull in storms is expected Saturday evening through Sunday before the final storm enters early Monday.

Christmas Eve Winter Storm

Dec 22, 2016


A potent winter storm will move into Arizona on Saturday. Rain and snow will move into western AZ during the morning hours and spread across entire State during the afternoon. Snow will fall down to valley floors Saturday night. In addition very windy conditions will cause blizzard like conditions at times.