- Rise Saturday: 5:21 a.m.
- Set Saturday: 7:23 p.m.
- Rise Sunday: 5:20 a.m.
- Set Sunday: 7:24 p.m.
- Rise Saturday: 12:47 p.m.
- Set Saturday: 12:57 a.m.
- Rise Sunday: 1:46 p.m.
- Set Sunday: 1:30 a.m.
Record cold and heat mark a year of extremes for Arizona
Last year was a year of weather extremes in Arizona — but also a welcome respite from drought with near normal monsoonal rainfall totals. The Payson area set several records, ranging from a New Year’s cold front to an August heat wave, according to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff. Here is a run down of some of the year’s weather highlights for the Rim Country. Early in the year, an Arctic air mass moved into northern Arizona, dropping snow and temperatures from the Grand Canyon to the Rim Country. The low on New Year’s Eve 2011 in Payson was 1 degree, a new record, according to the Weather Service. Other areas with record lows included a minus 28 degrees in Fort Valley near Flagstaff, minus 25 in Springerville and minus 3 in Cottonwood.
Motorists should not stop along highway to play in snow
With snow in the Rim Country’s weather forecast and time off for the holidays, many people will be traveling to see and experience the new winter wonderland.
Storm may bring Payson a white New Year’s — big drop in temperature
With one last winter storm on the way for 2010, Payson looks poised to finish the year with just a splash above normal rainfall.
E. Verde Estates gets 2.5 inches in an hour
Off and on heavy monsoon storms this week dampened a scattering of wildfires and eased firefighters’ fears of another dry summer rain season.
Reservoirs brim as Verde River, Tonto Creek rise to 13-15 times normal flow for this time of year
El Niño delivered for Rim Country this year.
Gila County declared a state of emergency Wednesday morning, as two more storms threatened to dump up to six inches of rain, potentially isolating communities by flooding roads. This latest round of storms comes after a first storm dropped eight to 12 inches of snow on the Rim, and buckets of rain in town.
Forecasters are warning Rim Country residents to brace for a series of storms this week that will drop several feet of snow on the Rim and at least a half-dozen inches of rain in town that could swell already saturated riverbeds, causing flooding from Kohl’s Ranch to the Verde River.
A series of approaching storms will affect Northern Arizona through Friday.