Climate and Weather

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.

Authorities are advising travelers and commuters using roads and highways of higher elevations of northern Arizona to be prepared for potentially hazardous driving conditions through Thursday morning due to a late-season snowstorm.

Arizona Snowbowl twitter feed

An Arizona ski resort plans to have its longest season by remaining open through mid-May.

Authorities say a man who likely died from exposure in northern Arizona had rejected rescue efforts because he feared arrest.

ADOT

A late winter storm dropped snow on parts of Arizona's high country Wednesday, slowing traffic and delaying school openings in Flagstaff.

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