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.

Ways to Connect

Monsoon season officially began June 15th. The word "monsoon" is derived from the Arabic word "mausim" which means season . During the summer months, winds shift from our predominant westerly direction to  a southerly  direction. This allows moisture from the Gulf of California and the Gulf of Mexico to stream into the region. This year El Niño (warmer than average tropical Pacific Ocean water) is still present and predicted to continue through summer.

Major Winter Storm

Feb 20, 2019

A major winter storm will bring severe impacts from heavy snow from late tonight through Friday afternoon. The heaviest snow is forecast Thursday morning through Friday morning. This will be the greatest snow seen at low elevations in many years.

Winter Storm Warnings are effect through Friday for the entire region.   

Extended Stormy Pattern

Feb 13, 2019

The famed "pineapple express" will bring drenching rain to Arizona on Valetine's Day Thursday. The pineapple express is a term referring to the weather event when subtropical moisture streams across the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii to the mainland and is often associated with El Nino. Due to the warm nature of the storm, snow levels will remain above 8500' through Friday evening, with heavy mountain snow accumulations. Rainfall will taper off Thursday night with rain totals ranging from a half inch to two inches.

A wet weather pattern is in the works. Tonight, snow and rain will develop and continue into Wednesday morning. Snow levels will hover near 7000’ (with snow and rain interchanging at times around Flagstaff). The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Advisories for elevations above 7000’, where travel will be hazardous due to snow.  In addition, soaking rainfall is in store for lower elevations, where up to two inches could fall by the end of the week.  Due to the relatively warm nature of the storm, the greatest snowfall totals will remain over the mountains above 7500'.

Winter Weather on the Way

Nov 28, 2018

Abrupt changes from our recent mild and dry November weather are on the way.  Two winter type storms are set to impact Arizona Thursday into Sunday. Storm one, seen off the California coast will usher in a much cooler and windy day on Thursday. Rain and snow showers will begin to develop Thursday afternoon and increase in coverage and intensity Thursday evening and overnight, with showers continuing into Friday.