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Today will be a few degrees cooler than yesterday, with fresh northerlies. A little warmer tomorrow (Tuesday) before the next weather disturbance brings breezy southwest winds and increasing chances for light precipitation on Thursday. A return to cooler temperatures from Thursday onward, with highs only in the low-mid 40s. Another weak weather system could impact the region over the weekend. Precipitation chances with these systems are low (less than 30%), but a few snow flurries are possible at higher elevations.
Additional notes for the weather nuts out there:
At Prescott airport, we came in just slightly cooler and wetter than normal for December. The average high was 50F, a degree or so cooler than normal and the low 28, slightly warmer than normal. This was because of higher cloud amounts, which inhibit solar heating during the day and radiational heat loss at night. Precipitation was only slightly above normal, at 1.46 inches, but more of it fell as snow, as noted last week.
For a graph of daily December highs, lows and precipitation here at Embry-Riddle, seehttp://meteo.pr.erau.edu/rcfield_past_month.gif
As you can see, the end of December was particularly cold, with a low of 8F in the 17th, and a daily high of just 32F on the 27th.
Mark Sinclair, Ph.D.
Program Chair and Professor, Meteorology
Department of Applied Aviation Sciences, College of Aviation
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