Considering the El Nino season, we had another month at .85 of rain. The rain affected the “Days with Sunshine”. For the year we are at 117 and should be at 125 days at the end of May. That happened on 6 different days throughout May. There were only 8 days between 80º≤ 90º and 15 days between 70º ≤ 80º.
Another month of perfect weather. The air conditioner has yet to be used this year. No other year have we gone this long without using the AC.
Snow - Precipitation - Hi / Lo and Average Temperatures
After selecting the above button - cursor down to “Weather History for KAZSEDON7” - For any date and time. The weather station is located in the CoffeePort Cottages in Soldiers Pass, Sedona Arizona 86336 - Yavapai County. Temperatures average 3º - 6º Cooler than Sedona proper. The elevation of the weather station is approx. 4,536 feet.
Quick Local Sedona Weather Update
Sedona 10 Day Extended Forecast & More
Sedona Monthly Calendar Forecast
Phases of the Moon for 2019
Storm Chaser - Warren Faidley has photographed over 1400 storms and natural disasters. He considers himself America’s Original Storm Photographer and 1st Professional Storm Chaser. Sperryr.com does not endorse or recommend Storm Chasing. This is a very dangerous occupation or hobby. Many law enforcement agencies consider chasing storms a hindrance to their ability to provide a safe environment during emergency conditions.
Find Sedona Weather Statistics & Records from 2011 thru 2019
Select tab below
- WEATHER STATS & RECORDS - (Hi & Low)
- Monsoon Info
You can find all weather information you need for Sedona at Sedona-Weather.com.
~ ~ ~
We have regular live transmission of weather conditions at one minute intervals and a national map that shows current weather conditions throughout the United States. Part of the site logs statistical information. Outside links are available for additional reference as well as a monthly Almanac update.
My weather station is DW6167 on the Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP)
Weather Underground has improved the weather information for local weather stations.
My Station ID for the Weather Underground is available; see call sign KAZSEDON7 below.
On the very last day of the month of December (New Years Eve) Sedona received over 5 inches of snow. This was the second cold front in around a week to hit Sedona. In the previous 3 days there were snow flurries and ½ inch of snow. The average temperature was over 4 degrees cooler than 2017 creating 24 days with early mornings below freezing. January came in with very cold temps with a half inch of snow as well. Last January (2018), there was one day that was in the 70ºs and 25 days in the 60ºs. These were spring like temps but this January, there were only 9 days in the 60ºs, with 16 days in the 50ºs. The lowest temp was on January 1st with a temp of 12.8º. That day managed to get to 35.6º.
El Nino is responsible for our extreme cold weather this winter and especially February. Sedona had 5 low temperature readings below 20º with 11.2º the lowest temp so far this year. I am pretty sure this will hold as the lowest temperature Last year, only 1 day below 20º was recorded. It was 18.6º. The high temp for the month was 65.7º where as last year it was 73.5º. February had the most snowfall in any recorded month since starting in 2010 at 25.51 inches recorded at the Cottages At Coffeepot weather station.
During an El Nino climate shift, the U.S. Southwest as well as the southern part of the United States experiences a wet and in some places, a colder climate with more snow than usual. The warming of the Pacific Ocean generally develops between April and June and will peak in December and January. The affects of this condition have been noticeable this 2019 winter season.
2019 - An Unusual Winter For Sedona
El NIno is responsible for our extreme cold weather this winter, especially February. Sedona had 5 low temperature readings below 20º with 11.2º the lowest temp so far this year. I am pretty sure this will hold as the lowest temperature. Last year only 1 day at 18.6º was recorded. The high temp for the month was 65.7º, where as last year it was 73.5º. February had the most snowfall in any recorded month since starting in 2010 at 25.51 inches recorded at the Cottages At Coffeepot weather station.
The month of March mirrored the saying “March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb”. The month was not quite as warm as 2018 but it was roughly a very similar temperature pattern. However, the leaves on our Japanese Maple tree are just coming in now. Last year the leaves started coming in the third week of the month. The windows were able to be opened right after the start of spring to circulate fresh air.
27 Days Over 65º in April!
April was a beautiful month for weather. We had our first day of 90º on April 25th. Our average temp was 58º and the low was on April 13th at just above freezing. Considering the El Nino season, we had only .85 of an inch for the entire month. That happened in 5 different days throughout April. There were 10 days between 80º≤ 90º and 14 days between 70º ≤ 80º. Twenty-seven days were over 65º. This is what I would call perfect weather.
Last Year by End of May = 15 Days over 90º - This year only 1 Day over 90º!
May was another beautiful month. The weather was much cooler than normal but very welcome. We still have not used the AC for the entire year. No days reached 90º which is so unusual. Last year we already had 15 days over 90º. So this is a very welcomed relief. We did have .85 inch of rain which brings our 2019 total for 5 months to the highest total of all the years that I have tracked these indices.
Place text here:
Place text here:
See Sheri’s blog on "Monsoon" for more information.
Place text here:
Quick Look of Weather Stats
2011 thru 2019
2018 is Finalized
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, Apr = 6, May = 5, Jun = 2, Jul = 10, Aug = 12, Sep = 10, Oct = 1 Nov = 8, Dec = 12 ~ Total = 83 days
(2017) - Jan = 19, Feb = 7, Mar = 6, Apr = 1, May = 5, Jun = 0, Jul = 20, Aug = 11, Sep = 4, Oct = 0, Nov = 1, Dec = 0 ~ Total = 74 days
(2018) - Jan = 4, Feb = 10, Mar = 5, Apr = 2, May = 3, Jun = 1. Jul = 16, Aug = 10, Sep = 5, Oct = 11, Nov = 1, Dec = 8 ~ Total = 84 days
(2019) - Jan = 12, Feb = 16, Mar = 7, Apr = 5, May = 6, Jun =
Days With Sun By Month
(2017) - Jan = 18, Feb = 23, Mar = 26, Apr = 28, May = 25, Jun = 27, July = 20, Aug = 24, Sep = 23, Oct = 28, Nov = 27, Dec = 31 - ****Total = 300
(2018) - Jan = 26, Feb = 20, Mar = 28, Apr = 29, May = 28, Jun = 28, July = 25, Aug = 27, Sep = 28, Oct = 22, Nov = 28, Dec = 23 - ****Total = 312
(2019) - Jan = 23, Feb = 18, Mar = 24, Apr = 27, May = 25, Jun =
Temps - Warmest & Coldest Temps as recorded at Coffeepot Cottages Weather Station located at the end of Soldier's Pass
Warmest 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) - 100º and over - May = 0, June = 15, July = 12, August = 0 ~ Total = 27
(2017) - 100º and over - May = 0, June = 14, July = 8 , August = 0, Sep = 1 ~ Total = 23
(2018) - 100º and over - May = 0, June = 12, July = 5, August = 10, Total = 26
(2019) - 100º and over - May = 0, June =
Season Total of 100º days by Year - (2011) = 28, (2012) = 28, (2013) = 16, (2014) = 14, (2015) = 28, (2016) - 27, (2017) = 23, (2018) = 26
!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 - 5th Warmest Day On Record .
(2014) - 1st Day of 100º = 6/ 8/14 ~ Last Day of 100º = 7/31/14 - Warmest 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 = 6/16/17 ~ Last Day of 100º = 7/09/17 - 101.3º One additional day on 9/4/17 = 102.9
(2018) - 1st Day of 100º = 6/3/18 ~ Last Day of 100º = 8/19/18 -
(2019) -1st Day of 100º =
Warmest Day of the Year .
(2011) - 8/24/11 = 105.7º .
(2012) - 7/10/12 = 105º .
(2013) - 6/29/2013 = 109.1º - 5th Warmest Day On Record - .
(2014) - 7/2/14 = 103.7 .
(2015) - 6/25/15 = 106.1 - Record 16 day heat spell AVG 102.5 per day
(2016) - 6/20/16 = 112.7º - NEW RECORD FOR WARMEST DAY
(2017) - 6/20/17 = 110.0 - 2nd Warmest Day on Record - Heat Spell 13 days - AVG 105.6 per day - Two other days at 109.3 (June 21) and 109.9 (June 24) - 4th and & 3rd Warmest days on record. (respectively)
(2018) - 6/21/18 = 106.8 - There were 2 - 4 day Heat Spells in June and 5 days in a row in late July (2019) -
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 - April = 0, May = 10, June = 13, July = 15 , August = 20, September = 9 -
(2018) - 90º and over but less than 100º - April = 2, May = 13, June = 28, July = 17, August = 19, September = 18 (2019) - 90º and over but less than 100º - April = 1, May = 0, June =
1st Day of 90º ~ Last 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 = 5/5/17 = (91.4º) ~ Last Day of 90º = 9/13/17
(2018) - 1st Day of 90º = 4/25/18 = (90.7º) ~ Last Day of 90º = 9/23/18
(2019) - 1st Day of 90º = 4/25/19 - (90º) ~ Last Day of 90º =
Total days over 90º by month . .
(2015) - ………….May = 3, June = 23, July = 26, August = 26, September = 19, October = 5 - Total Days over 90º = 102
(2016) - ………….May = 3, June = 29, July = 29, August = 8, September = 4 - Total Days over 90º = 73
(2017) - ………….May = 10, June = 27, July = 23, August = 20, September = 10, October = 0, Total Days over 90º = 90
(2018) - April = 2, May = 13, June = 28, July = 26, August = 24, September = 18, October = 0, Total Days over 90º = 112
(2019) - April = 1, May = 0, June =
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 = 90
(2018) - Total Days of Temps over 90º = 111
(2019) - 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) - December 22nd - 17.4 - 0 days below 32º for the high
(2018) - February 24th - 18.6º - 1 day below 32º for the high - Dec. 31st = 31.8º (2019) - February 23rd - 11.2º - No days of a high below 32º so far .
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 - Total Days = 59
(2017) - Jan = 12 days ~ Feb = 7 days ~ Mar = 3 days ~ Apr = 0 ~.….…~ Nov = 2 ~ Dec = 18 - Total Days = 42
(2018) - Jan = 13 days ~ Feb = 13 days ~ Mar = 9 days ~ Apr = 0 ~.…….~ Nov = 11 ~ Dec = 24 - Total Days = 70
(2019) - Jan = 18 days ~ Feb = 19 days ~ Mar = 5 days ~ Apr = 0 ~……~ .
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 = 3 days ~ Nov = 0 days ~ Dec = 2 - Total Days = 25 ~ (8 days below 40º)
(2018) - Jan - 3 days ~ Feb = 7 days ~ Mar = 0 days ~ Nov = 2 days - Dec = 8 - Total Days = 8 ~ (3 days below 40º)
(2019) - Jan - 6 days ~ Feb = 17 days ~ Mar = 2 days ~ Apr = 1 day ~ May = 2 ~
While the rest of the country east of Arizona is having extremely cold weather and freezing conditions, Our Arizona and Sedona January was warmer than most of the country. The high and low days for January was 3º warmer than last year and the average was 6.5º higher than last year. We did get 1.76 inches of rain in January and just a trace of snow.
In February, we finally received 3.75 inches of snow and 1.97 inches of rain. Overall a good month for precipitation. The mean temp for the month was about 4º lower than last year but well within the normal range. The last 4 Februarys were higher that the historical mean temp which made Spring feel like it was already starting. Overall, we ended winter 2018 with cooler weather than the previous year . The mean temp for the previous two months was at least four degrees cooler than 2017 each month. Precipitation in 2017 for the first quarter was at 7.11 inches and in 2018 it was only 4.41 inches. Days with sunshine are at 74 for the quarter versus 67 for last year’s first quarter.
We have had a lovely spring so far. It was a little cooler in March but April was a little warmer than last year and the leaves on the trees seemed to take a little longer to unfold. Even though rain totals are around 12 inches off from last year, less rain has not hurt the growth on the plants. There were 2 days of 90º plus highs in April. The mean temp is the highest recorded in 9 years for an April. In May we had 13 days over 90º and only .38 inches of rain. Last May it was .36 inches so we are still behind by about 12 inches for the year. We lost a pine tree in our front yard that could have been stressed from lack of water…
Heat - The heat has been nothing like 2017 when we had 3 of the top 5 hottest days on record. The heat spell lasted 13 days. We have had 2 times of 4 days each. June has historically had hotter temps than July or August because the monsoon usually does not start until July. In July, a total of 26 days were recorded over 90º but the high and low temps were less than last year’s. The mean temp was .6 higher than 2017. August had more warm days than the previous year.
Rain - In June we had a front move in but only got .14 inch of rain. However it cooled down to a high of 70.5 on 6/6/18 and 85.9º the next day…Welcome relief. By July 6th, the monsoon had kicked in bringing 16 days with rain vs. 20 in the same time frame of 2017. The rain total was slightly less than 2017 and the 4th highest recorded in 9 years. The rain is just right to saturate the ground and feed the trees and plants. Trees are doing well. August had .31inches of rain more than last August. Another good month. Last day of 100º + was August 19th!
See Sheri’s blog on "Monsoon" for more information.
September’s mean temp was 3º warmer than last year. Days over 90º were 8 more than 2017, but no days over 100º. The low temps were in the mid 50ºs . Only 2 days were in the low 60ºs. The air was very brisk in the AM. September was a wonderful month for weather. There was a significant amount of rain (4.16 inches) that fell in Soldiers Pass on the first 2 days of October. Total rain for the month is the second highest month total in 9 years. October also had the 4th coldest mean temperature in those 9 years. It dropped over 6º from 2017. November was another very cold month. There were 18 days over 70º and 1 over 80º in 2017 but only 5 days over 70º in 2018. Days that dipped below freezing were up over 16 from last year. Days with sunshine rose to 289 for November. Lots of sun in Sedona!
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.
The year started with a lot of rain. Normally March is not too wet, but this year we got 1.57 inches which brings the yearly total to 7.11 compared to last year”s rainfall of 3.52 for the 1st Q. There were snow flurries on March 30. A very cold winter like storm came in and temp plummeted 23º from the day before!
Our Weather in April was probably some of the best I have seen in the 14 years we have had a home here. No freezing weather and the highest temp was 80º. The average was 4º higher than last year and there was no real threat of rain except for one day. Continuing on in May, another beautiful month. We are still way ahead of last year on rain and everything looks healthy.
Heat - Another hot spell lasting 13 days from June 15 to June 27 - 2nd longest hot spell on record but the average temperature was highest recorded for a streak at 105.6. Three of the top five hottest days on record were part of that streak ~ (#2, 3 and 4). The last day of 100º + temps was July 9th at 101.3 for a total of 22 days of 100º plus weather. The beginning of August had 6 days below 90º which caused the averages to be a little lower. Other than that, August was a typical August month without the 100º + weather.
No Rain in the month of June - there were a few drops one day, but not measurable. This is normal for June. Our monsoon kicked in on July 7th. This July had the highest total of rain at 4.36 inches. Last August (2016) we had 5.93 inches of rain. We are still ahead of the record setting total for last year, however we would have to have over 3 inches of rain per month for the next 4 months to surpass last years record. This is not impossible but highly unlikely.
See Sheri’s blog on "Monsoon" for more information.
We have had very little rain in September (.23 in) and nothing in October. Last year we had 4.2 inches of rain in September, October and November. The last three months have also seen slightly higher overall temps partly because there has been little rain. We are in December and the leaves ar still full on the Japanese Maple in my courtyard. On the last full day of Fall (Dec 20,2017) - there are many trees (including mine) that still have color. This is not the norm, but Fall has been warmer than normal throughout the state including Sedona.
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.
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.
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.
Information on Monsoon weather - Sedona, AZ - Updated June 2018 - 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 Which was featured on a national real estate platform!
Select This Line to Enlarge Historical Climate Data for Sedona —> Note: This is not the Current Sedona Almanac - Current Almanac - below
Sedona Weather Almanac
Select image below to see Pinterest pictorials and actual weather info!