What month is it? More cold, rain and snow is here.

TUCSON – Rain overspread much of metro Tucson – AGAIN – tonight and more rain is in the forecast tonight through Tuesday. And oh, don’t look now, but more rain is possible this weekend and even into next week if we can tap into Tropical Storm Tara.

Okay back to the big chill: the first 15 days of October have been colder than the first 15 days of November last year. (How is that even possible?)

So halfway through the month, we now rank as the 19th coldest October since records have been kept (1894). What’s more staggering is if you take out most of the colder October’s which occurred at the beginning of the 20th century, this October ranks as the 4th coldest since 1959! Only the first 15 days of October in 1966, 1970, and 1982 were colder!

 

And by the way, it’s currently snowing on top of Mt. Graham. See the image below.

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Recent rain puts Tucson in a monsoon surplus for the fifth straight year

TUCSON – Record rain (0.76″) on Wednesday put the monsoon total in Tucson at 7.01″. This is the fifth year in-a-row that the City of Tucson has exceeded its monsoon average of 6.08″.

In addition, for the first time since the early 1980s, Tucson has picked up over 7.00″ of rain in three consecutive years.

Drought conditions remain across much of the State of Arizona and according to chief Meteorologist Matt Brode, this is in part due to fewer Winter storms over the past several years.

Abundant monsoon rain has the City of Tucson in a small yearly surplus, but we’ll need to pick up about another 3″ of rain through the end of the year to match our annual average of almost 12″ of rain.

Weigh in on Today’s Record Heat

It’s ‘Hot’

TUCSON – We often ponder in the weather center when to use the term ‘hot’ to describe our weather. We all agree that anytime we hit 100 or more, we use the term hot.

If it were 88 in the summer, naturally we would say it’s ‘cool’. But I’m calling our projected high of 88 degrees tomorrow ‘hot’. Why? Because it’s winter!

Strong high pressure continues to build, and because we hit 86 today in Tucson, I think 88 is easily accomplished tomorrow. BTW: this would break the record of 85 – set back in 1957.

So here’s the scoop. 88 on Saturday, 86 on Sunday (another record), and then by Monday I’m forecasting 83 -tying the record.

Bottom line: a lot of events are going on this weekend…Rodeo, Match Play, Gem Show…so please stay hydrated and wear the sunscreen.

Somewhat cooler weather arrives next week.

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Birthday to Arizona – which is now 102. At least the temperature is not 102; yet!