Looking at the Precipitation for 2016, Our yearly total is the highest year since 2010. December was a record breaking month all around. We had 7.22 inches of rain and another 7.5 inches of snow! I have never seen a White Christmas until 2016. It started snowing on December 24th right thru Christmas Eve into Christmas morning.
So far in 2017 thru February, the mean temps have been within 1.3º of 2016. Our precipitation levels are 2 inches above the start of the record breaking year we had in 2016. We already have had 5.54 inches of rain and 4.25 inches of snow!
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We had a very wet and snowy winter season. We had 7.5 inches of snow and 7.22 inches of rain. This was the heaviest precipitation in the seven years of this weather almanac. In fact we had our very first Christmas Eve and White Christmas. This was the highlight of the winter season. Overall, 2016 was the most precipitation by close to 4.4 inches. Our temps were probably tempered because of the cloud cover which acts like a blanket to keep the temps from plummeting.
Our monsoon kicked in on
See Sheri’s blog on "Monsoon" for more information.
Quick Look of Weather Stats from 2011 thru 2017
Days with Precipitation by Month (Current Year is GREEN)
(2014) - Jan = 1, Feb = 3, Mar = 2, Apr = 3, May = 4, Jun = 0, Jul = 12, Aug = 15, Sep = 10, Oct = 2, Nov = 2, Dec = 10 ~ Total = 64 days
(2015) - Jan = 9, Feb = 5, Mar = 4, Apr = 3, May = 8, Jun = 6, Jul = 15, Aug = 14, Sep = 5, Oct = 12. Nov = 9, Dec = 14 ~ Total = 104 days
(2016) - Jan = 11, Feb = 4, Mar = 2, April = 6, May = 5, Jun = 2, July = 10, Aug = 12 Sep = 10, Oct = 1 Nov = 8, Dec = 12 ~ Total = 83 days
(2017) - Jan = 19, Feb = 7, Mar =
NEW CATEGORY - Days With Sun By Month
(2017) - Jan = 18, Feb = 23, Mar =
Temps - Hottest & Coldest Temps as recorded at Coffeepot Cottages Weather Station located at the end of Soldier's Pass
Hottest Temperature - 112.7º on June 20th, 2016 - Longest Number of Days 100º Plus = 16 (June 15th to June 30th, 2015)
(2011) - There were a total of 28 days over 100º through September. Season Total (2011) = 28, (2012) = 28, (2013) = 16 .
(2012) - 100º and over - May = 1, June = 12, July = 5, August = 9, September = 1 ~ Total = 28 .
(2013) - 100º and over - May = 0, June = 10, July = 4, August = 2 ~ Total =16 .
(2014) - !00º and over - May = 0, June = 7, July = 7, August = 0 ~ Total = 14 .
(2015) - 100º and over - May = 0, June = 16, July = 2, August = 10 ~ Total = 28
(2016) - 100) and over - May = 0, June = 15, July = 12, August = 0 ~ Total = 27
(2017) - 100º and over -
Season Total of 100º days by Year - (2011) = 28, (2012) = 28, (2013) = 16, (2014) = 14, (2015) = 28, (2016) - 27
!st and Last Day of 100º every year .
(2011) - 1st Day of 100º = 6/21/11 ~ Last Day of 100º = 9/4/11 .
(2012) - 1st Day of 100º = 6/21/12 ~ Last Day of 100º = 8/15/12 .
(2013) - 1st Day of 100º = 6/ 6/13 ~ Last Day of 100º = 8/20/13 (2013) - High Temp for Year = 109.1º on June 29th -2nd Hottest Day On Record .
(2014) - 1st Day of 100º = 6/ 8/14 ~ Last Day of 100º = 7/31/14 - Hottest Day = 7/2/15 @ 103.7 .
(2015) - 1st Day of 100º = 6/15/15 ~ Last Day of 100º = 8/24/15
(2016) - 1st Day of 100º = 6/03/16 ~ Last Day of 100º = 7/29/16 - 104º
(2017) - 1st Day of 100º = .
Hottest Day of the Year .
(2011) - 8/24/11 = 105.7º .
(2012) - 7/10/12 = 105º .
(2013) - 6/29/2013 = 109.1º - 2nd Hottest Day On Record - .
(2014) - 7/2/14 = 103.7 .
(2015) - 6/25/15 = 106.1 - Record 16 day heat spell
(2016) - 6/20/16 = 112.7º - NEW RECORD FOR HOTTEST DAY
(2017) - .
Number of Days/Month Over 90º but less than 100º
(2012) - 90º and over but less than 100º - April = 3, May = 10, June = 14, July = 19, August = 17, September = 16, October = 2 .
(2013) - 90º and over but less than 100º - April = 1, May = 5, June = 21, July = 16, August = 21, September = 11, October = 0 .
(2014) - 90º and over but less than 100º - April = 0, May = 10, June = 19, July = 21, August = 17, September = 15, October = 0 .
(2015) - 90º and over but less than 100º - April = 0, May = 3, June = 7, July = 24, August = 18, September = 19, October = 5
(2016) - 90º and over but less than 100º - April = 0, May = 3, June = 9, July = 18, August = 18, September = 4
(2017) - 90º and over but less than 100º - .
1st Day of 90º
(2011) - 1st Day of 90º = 5/27/11 ~ Last Day of 90º = 10/15/11 .
(2012) - 1st Day of 90º = 4/21/12 ~ Last Day of 90º = 10/02/12 .
(2013) - 1st Day of 90º = 4/29/13 ~ Last Day of 90º = 09/20/13 .
(2014) - 1st Day of 90º = 5/03/14 ~ Last Day of 90º = 09/25/14 .
(2015) - 1st Day of 90º = 5/29/15 ~ Last Day of 90º = 10/15/15
(2016) - 1st Day of 90º = 5/12/16 ~ Last Day of 90º = 9/20/16
(2017) - 1st Day of 90º =
New Category - Total days over 90º by month . .
(2015) - May = 3, June = 23, July = 26, August = 26, September = 19, October = 5
(2016) - May = 3, June = 29, July = 29, August - 8, September = 4
Total Days over 90º
(2011) - Total Days of Temps over 90º = 93 .
(2012) - Total Days of Temps over 90º = 110 .
(2013) - Total Days of Temps over 90º = 91 .
(2014) - Total Days of Temps over 90º = 96 .
(2015) - Total Days of Temps over 90º = 101
(2016) - Total Days of Temps over 90º = 73
(2017) - Total Days of Temps over 90º = .
Coldest Temperature - Each Year - Number of Days Below 32º for the High .
(2011) - January 1st ……= 5º - Only 1 day (entire year) was below 32º for the high .
(2012) - March 20th ……= 19ª - Only 1 day (entire year) was below 32º for the high .
(2013) - January 13th ….= 8.9º - 0 days below 32º for the high .
(2014) - December 29th..= 18.5º - 0 days below 32º for the high - November - Very unusual low of 22.6º .
(2015) - January 3rd = 13.4º - 0 days below 32º for the high .
(2016) - January 13th = 21.4º - 0 days below 32º for the high
(2017) - January 26th - 18.4 - 0 days below 32º so far 2017 (Jan Feb . .
Days that dipped below 32º .
(2011) - Jan = 19 days ~ Feb = 22 days ~ Mar = 14 days~ Apr = 0 ~ Oct = 0 ~ Nov = 5 ~ Dec = 21 ~ Total Days = 81 .
(2012) - Jan = 21 days ~ Feb = 15 days ~ Mar = 14 days ~ Apr = 0 ~ Oct = 0 ~ Nov = 6 ~ Dec = 21 ~ Total Days = 71 .
(2013) - Jan = 27 days ~ Feb = 24 days ~ Mar = 8 days ~ Apr = 0 ~ Oct = 1 ~ Nov = 5 ~ Dec = 24 ~ Total Days = 89 .
(2014) - Jan = 20 days ~ Feb = 10 days ~ Mar = 3 days ~ Apr = 2 ~ Oct = 0 ~ Nov = 8 ~ Dec = 15 ~ Total Days = 58 .
(2015) - Jan = 13 days ~ Feb = 7 days ~ Mar = 3 days ~ Apr = 1 ~……… ~ Nov = 18 ~ Dec = 25 ~Total Days = 67 .
(2016) - Jan = 27 days ~ Feb = 8 days ~ Mar = 7 days ~ Apr = 0 ~……..~ Nov = 5 ~ Dec = 12
(2017) - Jan = 12 days ~ Feb = 7 days ~ Mar = . .
Days below 50º for a high (Over 40º is Sweater Weather due to low humidity) .
(2011) - Jan = 5 days ~ Feb = 4 days ~ Mar = 1 day ~ Nov = 3 days ~ Dec = 16 days ~ Total Days = 29 ~ (only 1 day was below 40º) .
(2012) - Jan = 3 days ~ Feb = 5 days ~ Mar = 1 day ~ Dec = 12 ~ Total Days = 21 ~ (4 days were below 40º for 2012) .
(2013) - Jan = 11 days ~ Feb = 7 days ~ Mar = 1 day ~ Nov = 3 days ~ Dec = 9 ~ Total Days = 31 ~ (4 days below 40º) .
(2014) - Jan = 0 days ~ Feb = 3 days ~ Mar = 0 days ~ Nov = 0 days ~ Dec = 9 ~ Total Days = 12 ~ (1 day below 40º) .
(2015) - Jan = 6 days ~ Feb = 0 days ~ Mar = 2 days ~ Nov = 5 days ~ Dec = 16 ~ Total Days = 29 ~ (6 days below 40º) .
(2016) - Jan = 11 days ~ Feb = 1 day ~ Mar = 0 days ~ Nov = 3 days ~ Dec = 2 ~ Total Days = 17 ~ (5 days below 40º)
(2017) - Jan = 15 days - Feb - 5 days - Mar =
2013 Final Temperature & Precipitation Totals - Sedona, Az - January 6, 2014
Here are the final Almanac figures for 2013. This info is taken from the weather station located at Sperryr.com in the CoffeePot Cottages in Soldier's Pass, Sedona AZ. Also, it should be noted that 15 inches of POWDER snowfall and 5 inches of WET SNOW translates to 1 inch of precipitation. Based on normal Sedona snowfall, I feel that 10 inches of snow = 1 inch of precipitation. So 2013 translate to about 17 inches of precipitation and in 2012 we had around 18.5 inches of precipitation.
Our rain was down over 2 inches when you combine April and July from 2012.
As for temps, the mean temp for the year was 1.4º less than in 2012 but higher than the mean average taken from the Almanac. I have added 2 years of data to my charts and that will provide more current and relevant data in the years to come. I have also added the high & low temp for the month to help show the range of temperature within each month. In June, we had a heat wave that created a record at the CoffeePot Cottage weather station. This also helped to boost the overall temp of June to almost 81º ! Only July in 2010 (83.6º) was higher. In the 4 years I have been tracking the weather, only 3 months broke 80º as a mean temperature. this is another reason why Sedona is pleasant no matter when you come. We get the seasons but they are milder during winter and summer than many other locations in the country.
During the monsoon - The Soldiers Pass area of West Sedona had 8.18 inches of rain; that number is down from 9.01 inches. This is .83 of an inch of rain less than the previous season. The temperature during the season was 1/2 degree higher overall from 2012 at 77.6º . This was due primarily to the record heat wave we experienced in June. The average temperature was almost 3º above June of 2012 with a record setting 109º helping to boost that number. July and August were cooler than the previous year because the daily cloud cover and rain helped to keep the high temperatures down.
Quick Monsoon Stats
Monsoon started June 15 and ended on September 30th --> 8.18 Inches of Rain
All Time CoffeePot Cottage Record Hot Temp 109.1º set on June 29, 2013
Previous Record Hot Day 105.4º
Precipitation for 2013 - We did not equal 2012 totals. Since 2010, we have averaged 3.94 in November & December. We only had 2.27 inches of rain in the last 2 months of the year, and our snowfall fell 5.7 inches short of last year. March of 2012 was unusually heavy at 16 inches so that is why we are behind the snowfall total. Because of that snowfall, we had a magnificent spring. There were no real freezes after that snowfall and the trees and flowers bloomed during the normal cycle. This lack of precipitation will keep us in draught conditions. Fortunately, we are not experiencing a severe draught. Because of these conditions, be aware of the water you use and conserve where possible.
2014 Final Temperature & Precipitation Totals - Sedona, Az - January 2, 2015
Winter never came to Northern Arizona! We had 1/2 inch of snowfall on December 8th. This January, February & March were the mildest on record! Spring has been here since early March. Our tourism across the state has seen records due to the great weather locally and the extremely cold temperatures and record snowfall all across the country.
Flagstaff had around 5 inches of snow - normal is 100+ inches. The only snow Sedona received was 1/2 inch on December 8th, 2013. The warmer temperatures in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast (USA) prevented the winter storms from moving down the west coast. The polar air mass was forced to move south through Canada into the USA causing severe weather conditions through out the rest of the United States while sparing the southwest portion (California, Arizona and New Mexico) from having a normal winter.
Quick Winter Synopsis: January 2014 was mild. We were 6º warmer than 2013. There was only.06 precipitation and no snowfall!
February was the warmest February I have on recorded on my weather station. There were 15 days at or above 68º. This is unprecedented in my records. The average high is almost 4 degrees higher than normal. Our rain & snow is down 5 plus inches since November. There were 97 days without measurable rain since November. On March 1st, Soldiers Pass did receive around 1 inch of rain!
In April we had a cold front move through Sedona causing a trace amount of snow. Two days dipped below 32º. This is the first time my weather station has recorded low temps below 32º in April. We had another unprecedented dry month, receiving only .08 inch of rain. We should be at 7.89 inches of precipitation by the end of April. We are at 2.01 inches total. This leaves a deficit of 5.88 inches. May and June are historically the driest months of the year.
Sedona (CoffeePot Cottages-Soldiers Pass) hit 90º for the first time at 15:07 on May 3rd. We average 91 to 110 days at 90º + for the year.
Our first day of 100º came on June 8th and we got 14 days of 100º + temps. In 2013 we only had 16 days at 100º + . June has the hottest days of the year but July averages the HIGHEST low temperatures of the year which makes the mean temperature rise. This year we did not use the AC at night at all and we had a handful of days that we did not turn on the AC during the day. August was a rainy month but we were still behind last year's rain to date by an inch. August was a much cooler month than normal dropping 7º from July at 89.9º. Due to the rain, we had one day that only reached 70º. This brought the average for the month down 1º. On the whole, the CoffeePot Cottage weather station recorded 7.73 inches of rain for the season. The clouds and rain help keep the temps down significantly, dropping the average high temps for the season. Obviously this only happens during highly active seasons as we had this year.
Monsoon "Officially" arrived on June 15th and ended on September 30th, however in weather circles, monsoon needs to have 3 days above a 55º dew point. There have been zero days in June at or above 55º dew point.
Using the previous standard, Monsoon arrived on July 3rd, 2014. There were only 5 days below a dew point of 55º in July and 2 days in August. The first 6 months of the year we have had only 2.18 inches of rain and in July and August we had 6.53 inches of much needed precipitation. We are still in a draught. Last year we had 9.78 inches of rain by September 1. So far this year we have had only 8.71 inches. Our draught in this area is considered moderate. We need more rain. As for "Hot August Nights", we did not reach 100º. August was much cooler than July dropping from an average of 96.9 in July to 89.9 in August. As long as I have been monitoring the weather, I have not seen temps 100º or higher in September. Total days of 90º + days are above 90. We had 15 days in September bringing our total to 96. (Last day at 100º+ = July 31st @101º)
See Sheri’s blog on "Monsoon" for more information.
Sedona has a "dry heat", especially Spring and part of Summer. May 4th the humidity got as low as 8% at 16:30! Single digit numbers are not uncommon.
No day in October reached 90º. We only had .21 inches of rain for the month. Over all the temperatures for the month of October were very pleasant. Not one day in October did we use the air conditioner. In mid November, a cold snap came down for the arctic circle. Though it didn’t hit Arizona too badly, the rest of the country had record snowfall. In Sedona 10 of the last 14 days had lows at freezing or below. However we did not get any snow during the month. If fact, the yearly totals for snow so far are just a trace. The lowest snowfall we have had since I started tracking it was 8 inches in 2010. In the last week of December, we finally got some snow. Christmas Day there was a trace of snow, but on New Year’s Eve we got around 8 inches of snow. The snow carried through to the next morning of 2015. Two more inches were recorded on the first day of 2015.
Up until the last day of the year, we had not had any measurable snow. On December 31st, we got 8 inches of snow and 2 more inches fell on January 1st. January 1st, the high temp was only 36º. The high for the month was 70.5º approx. 4º higher than 2014. The big difference was the low temperatures compared to January 2014. The low last year was 52.1 and this year we had 9 days which were colder than the coldest day last January. We got rain right before the Sedona Marathon (Jan 31st) and the Forest Service cancelled the marathon because of mud. It was unsafe. Two indices stand out this winter. We got more precipitation this winter than any winter in the past 5 years. The winter was noticeably warmer than in years’ past, especially comparing it to the previous year which was considered another warm winter. It was 6.6º warmer than the February average and 2.8º warmer than last year. Most days, just a no sweater or just a light sweater was needed. Trees started blooming early February by the beginning of March, it felt like Spring all over Sedona.
The old saying “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” held true to the words. In the first few days of March, a cold front came through dropping the temps and all the rain for the month. By the end of March, the high temperature and averages were closer to April’s averages than March. All in all, Spring was kick-started early in 2015 and the majority of trees and bushes were full of leaves by the end of the month. April, May and June are historically the driest months of the year. The last two years for that time period we have only received .42 inches of rain in 2 the 2 Spring quarters! But this April, that trend has changed. A cold front came through and dropped .93 inches. May was a lot like April. We have had record rain for May (1.91 inches). June is normally the driest month of the year with .01 total precipitation since 2010. Warm weather did not start until May 29th, so a pleasant Spring lasted from February thru May. We got about 10 more weeks of extremely pleasant weather for that time period.
We had more days over 100º in June than we had in all of 2014 (16 days). There were 23 days in June over 90º, with a high of 106.1. On the average, this summer was warmer than most. This includes the month of September which was very close to the same temps as August. Normally, the change of seasons is more obvious; not this year!
Using the old definition of Monsoon (3 days or more of 55º dew point = monsoon conditions, our monsoon started on June 9th. It went for 6 days and then started back up on June 27th. Historically may and June are our driest months. We had .66 inch of rain in June bring our total to 9.01 for the year. Since 2011 the average rain for the first half of the year is 3.6 inches except for 2010 which had 9.74 inches. 2010 ended with 21.56 inches of rain. We are on track to hit over 20 inches of rain based on 2010 totals which would be 6.5 inches more that 2014. July had over 4 inches of rain (4th highest month total in last 6 years. There were only 2 days over 100º the last being on July 3rd. this August was warmer that last year by a 6º average. We had 8 days in a row over 100º, which is very unusual. This contributed to the warm Lo & Ho averages. This August competed with June as the warmest month. Normally the cloud cover from monsoon lowers the temperatures in August. The added precipitation in August exceeding all of last year’s total rainfall. We have 4 months to go to continue to add to the total precipitation for the year. In September, we only had .71 inches of rain. This is the lowest monthly September total in the last 6 years.
See Sheri’s blog on "Monsoon" for more information.
There were 5 days in October over 90º. We continued to get more rain than normal 2.65 inches. This is the second highest total for rain since 2010 when we got 3.44 inches. The average high temperature was a pleasant 78º. Typically in early Fall including October, air conditioners and heat are rarely turned on. We had our first day of snow on November 4th (just a trace) but the temp did not get above 44º. The rest of the month was much cooler than normal. In fact, November was more comparable to January weather than a typical November. there were 5 days with a high below 50º. 2 of those days did not reach a high of 45º, and 18 days had low temperatures below freezing. Our low temp for November was 19.6º. Rain total for the 11 months is 20.06 in. We are only 1.5 inches below our all time high rainfall for the last 6 years.
By the end of 2015, we were one tenth of an inch below are highest year of rainfall! So we did not set the record. We got 1.40 inches of rain which was the lowest total except for 2013 when we got only a trace of rain and snow. We were almost 8 inches higher in rain than 2015. December 2015 was the coldest month. January was another cold month about the same as December. It was one of the coldest and wettest on record and also had the most snow for a January since 2010. However, February was similar to last year, Spring started early to everyone’s delight. There were 17 days at 70º or above.
Spring has been absolutely delightful this year. Temps have been very moderate with not to much rain. If you enjoy the outdoors March, April and May have been great.
There is not much to say except I wish every Spring was as pleasant as the last two years. Our flowering plants have had a good amount of rain and the combined fragrance as you move throughout the courtyard and garden ares is intoxicating. At the beginning of June, summer weather started to show up. We had 5 days in a row in the triple digits.
June was hotter than normal. Records were set all over the state and in Sedona as well. We hit a high of 112.7 on the first day of Summer. This shattered the old record set on June 29, 2013 at 109.1 - 3.6º hotter. I feel this will be the record for quite awhile. There were 2 heat spells during the month. One during Spring at 5 days and at the end of the month there was a 9 day spell of triple digit heat. The average low and high temps were 3º warmer than last June. The last day of the month did not hit 80º. See rain below…In July we only had 2 days below 90º. This July was 4º warmer than 2015. The median Temp of 78.5º was the 3rd highest July in the 7 years of tracking it. The temps for August dropped dramatically because of all the rain we had (see below). The average temp was 5.6º lower than July and also 3.4º less than last August. The low and high day was less than last year as well.
Our monsoon kicked in on June 29th. This finally cooled us down from the sweltering heat we experienced throughout the month of June. July had 2.42 inches which was well below last year’s total of over 4 inches. Almost 1 inch came on the last day of the month. The longest stretch of dry weather was 9 days right after the 3rd of July. August (5.93 in.) had the heaviest rainfall since 2010. That total was almost an inch higher than any previous month. Everything is green and growing right now!
See Sheri’s blog on "Monsoon" for more information.
So far our Fall season has been pretty mild. Temps have fallen right in line with the averages of past years. During Thanksgiving, our color in the area is still peaking and many of the trees still have the leaves. Back in August, we were looking at record totals for precipitation. But September and October show different and smaller totals than last year so we are behind last years totals by five inches. December will have to be a big month!
On November 28th, 2016 - There were snow flurries in the Soldiers Pass area. The snow was about a tenth of an inch. Normally we get very little snow this time of year. This is my earliest observation of snow falling.
Information on Monsoon weather - Sedona, AZ - Updated June 30 , 2016 - Each tab for the preceding years will give you the history of the Monsoon for that year. To learn more about Monsoon see Sheri’s Monsoon Blog
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