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Tucson monthly climate reports for 2022

January 2022 climate report for Tucson
17th warmest and 38th driest on record
3rd highest wind gust for January recorded at the airport in the past 50 years
 

The new year began on a wet note when a winter storm impacted the area as the calendar turned from 2021 to 2022. The combined two-day rainfall totals for New Year's Eve/Day across the metro area ranged from 0.50" to 1.50" with the bulk of the rain occurring on New Year's Eve. The airport two-day total of 0.74" ranks as the 3rd wettest New Year's Eve/Day on record. And for only the 9th time since 1895, rainfall was recorded on both New Year's Eve & Day with the most recent being in 2018-19 & 2016-17.

 
A colder air mass was in place on the morning of the 2nd with low temperatures across the metro area ranging from the mid 20's to the lower 30's. A Hard Freeze Warning was in effect.
 
High temperatures for the remainder of the month were on a roller-coaster ride ranging between 64° & 77° as a handful of weather systems moved through the state. Only two systems, one on the 18th and the other late on the 22nd into the 23rd, brought mostly light precipitation to the area. Rainfall totals across the area for both events were mostly less than a tenth of an inch. A few of those dry systems did bring very gusty east winds to the area. The most notable day was on the 28th where wind gusts ranged from 20 to 40 mph with localized spots recording gusts between 45 and 55 mph. The airport recorded a gust of 46 mph which is the 3rd highest wind gust recorded in January in the past 50 years.
 

The monthly average temperature of 54.3° is seven-tenths of a degree above normal and ranks as the 17th warmest January on record. Temperature extremes for the month ranged from a high of 77° on the 7th to a low of 31° on the 2nd. This is the 3rd straight January in which the monthly low temperature, recorded at the airport, was NOT colder than 30°.

 

Rainfall amounts across the metro area, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, were mostly below a third of an inch /0.33"/. However there were isolated spots that recorded up to a three-quarters of an inch /0.75"/. The International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, recorded 0.28" which is over a half an inch below normal and ranks as the 38th driest January on record, tied with 1929.

 
January 2022 stats
Month
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
68.9°
66.5°
+ 2.4°
Average low temperature
39.7°
40.8°
- 1.1°
Average temperature
54.3°
53.6°
+ 0.7°
Rainfall
0.28"
0.84"
- 0.56"
Water year rainfall (Oct-Jan)
1.64"
3.03"
- 1.39"
 
Winter 2021-2022

One month remains in climatological Winter and so far it has been warmer (55.7° or +2.3°) and slightly drier (1.62" or -0.18") than normal.

 
Looking ahead into February

The Climate Prediction Center forecasts a 47% chance of above normal temperatures and a 45% chance of below normal precipitation.

 
Normal monthly high temperature 69.2°
Normal monthly low temperature 43.2°
Normal monthly temperature 56.2°
Record high temperature 92° on February 14, 1957
Record low temperature 17° on February 7, 1899
Warmest February (avg.) 62.1° in 2015
Coldest February (avg.) 45.3° in 1903
Normal rainfall 0.84"
Wettest February day 1.26" on February 7, 1966
Wettest February 4.15" in 1905
Driest February 0.00" in 1898, 1972, 1984 & 2021
Snowiest February 4.9" in 1903
Daily normals | Daily records  
The number of daylight hours will increase from 10 hours 39 minutes & 55 seconds on the 1st to 11 hours 28 minutes & 31 seconds on the 28th, a gain of 48 minutes & 36 seconds.
 
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January 2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

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January 2022 daily temperatures versus daily records and normals.

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January 2022 daily precipitation versus daily records.

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February climate data and outlook across southeast Arizona

February climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona

February 2022 climate report for Tucson
59th warmest and 30th driest on record
February average temperature is below normal for 9th time this century
Only 3 days recorded above normal low temperatures
 

The February outlook for the area, issued by the Climate Prediction Center on January 31st, called for a 47% chance that temperatures would be above normal & 20% chance that temperatures would be below normal. On the precipitation side, the forecast leaned toward below normal at a 45% chance. The forecast panned out well for precipitation as it was drier than normal while February came in cooler than normal thanks to the average monthly low temperature being 4.7° below normal.

 
The month started off on the cool side with high temperatures mostly in the 60's during the first seven days of the month. The exception was on the 3rd when the highs were in the mid 50's after starting the day in the mid 20's. Over the next seven days there was a gradual warming trend with high temperatures warming into the lower to mid 80's on the 12th, 13th & 14th.
 
During the second half of the month high temperatures were on a roller-coaster ride while low temperatures, for the most part, were seasonably cool to chilly. This roller-coaster ride in temperatures was associated with weather systems moving across the area. These systems brought some light rain to the metro area on the 16th and 23rd.
 

The monthly average temperature of 54.3° is almost two degrees below normal and ranks as the 59th warmest February on record. This is the third February in the last four years that the average monthly temperature was below normal. It's also the ninth time February this century that the average monthly temperature was below normal. This is the most of any calendar month thus far in the 21st century. Temperature extremes for the month ranged from a high of 83° on the 14th to a low of 26° on the 3rd.

 
Rainfall amounts across the metro area, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, ranged from 0.05" to 0.50" with the highest totals occurring on the northwest and southeast sides of the metro area. The International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, recorded 0.20". This ranks as the 30th driest February on record, tied with 1922, 1949 & 2017.
 
February 2022 stats
Month
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
70.1°
69.2°
+ 0.9°
Average low temperature
38.5°
43.2°
- 4.7°
Average temperature
54.3°
56.2°
- 1.9°
Precipitation
0.20"
0.84"
- 0.64"
 

 
Winter 2021-2022 climate report for Tucson
13th warmest and 48th driest on record
9 days with high temperatures of 80° or warmer
5 days with low temperatures of 32° or colder
 

The Winter seasonal forecast for the area, issued November 18th, called for a 41% chance of above normal temperatures & a 48% chance of below normal precipitation. The forecast panned out well with Winter 2021-2022 coming in warmer and drier than normal.

 

The seasonal average temperature of 55.3° goes into the record books as the 13th warmest on record, tied with Winter 1942-1943 & last winter. Temperature extremes ranged from a high of 85° on December 1st to a low of 26° on February 3rd. There were five days that recorded freezing low temperatures at the airport which is up from the three that occurred in the previous winter but down five from the 1991-2020 normal period. Additionally, there were five record temperatures that were either set or tied. Two were for record highs and three were for record warm low temperatures and all of them occurred in December.

 

Precipitation across the metro area, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, ranged from 1.75" to 4.00" with the highest totals occurring north of Tangerine Road extending east from Dove Mountain in Marana to the northern part of Oro Valley. Officially the Tucson International airport recorded 1.82", which is around eight-tenths of an inch below normal and ranks as the 48th driest Winter season on record.

 
Winter 2021-2022
Season
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
69.7°
67.0°
+ 2.7°
Average low temperature
40.9°
41.5°
- 0.6°
Average temperature
55.3°
54.3°
+ 1.0°
Precipitation
1.82"
2.64"
- 0.82"
# of days with lows 32° or colder
5
10
- 5
 

 
2022

The average yearly temperature of 54.3° is six-tenths of a degree BELOW normal and ranks as the 31st warmest on record through the end of February.

Rainfall at the Tucson International airport, the official location in Tucson, of 0.48" is 1.20" BELOW normal and ranks as the 17th driest January/February period on record.

 

 
Looking ahead into March
The Climate Prediction Center forecasts a 46% chance for below normal precipitation and a 33% each for below, near & above normal temperatures.
 
Normal monthly high temperature 75.8°
Normal monthly low temperature 48.0°
Normal monthly temperature 61.9°
Record high temperature 99° on March 26, 1988
Record low temperature 20° on March 4, 1965
Warmest March (avg.) 67.9° in 2017
Coldest March (avg.) 51.5° in 1973
Normal rainfall 0.56"
Wettest March day 1.42" on March 25, 1903
Wettest March 3.88" in 1905
Driest March 0.00" in 1895, 1928, 1933, 1956 & 1984
Snowiest March 6.0" in 1922
Daily normals | Daily records  
The number of daylight hours will increase from 11 hours 30 minutes 28 seconds on the 1st to 12 hours 29 minutes 50 seconds on the 31st, a gain of 59 minutes 22 seconds.
 
 
Looking ahead into Spring
The Climate Prediction Center forecasts a 46% chance of above normal temperatures and a 42% chance of below normal precipitation.
 
Normal seasonal high temperature 83.5°
Normal seasonal low temperature 54.3°
Normal seasonal temperature 68.9°
Warmest Spring (avg.) 72.1° in 1989
Coldest Spring (avg.) 59.0° in 1905
Normal Spring rainfall 1.00"
Wettest Spring 7.43" in 1905
Driest Spring Trace in 2018
   
The vernal equinox, otherwise known as the beginning of spring, will occur on March 20th at 8:33 am when the sun crosses into the northern hemisphere.
 
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February 2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

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February 2022 daily temperatures versus daily records and normals.

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February 2022 daily precipitation versus daily records.

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Winter 2021-2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March climate data across southeast Arizona

March climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring climate data across southeast Arizona

Spring climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona

 

March 2022 climate report for Tucson
24th warmest and 29th driest on record
18th straight March with below normal rainfall at airport
4th warmest March high temperature on record occurs on the 26th
The monthly average temperature for March was BELOW normal for 1st time since 2010
 
In typical March fashion temperatures were on a roller coaster ride throughout the month as several weather systems pushed across the area. Even though this March was warmer than last year by one degree, the average monthly temperature was below normal thanks to the new set of climate normals which went into effect last May. The 1991-2020 normal for March is 1.8° warmer than the previous normal period (1981-2010). Rainfall was below normal for the 18th straight March at the airport with moderate drought conditions creeping back into parts of eastern Pima county during the month.
 

Here are some temperature highlights for the month:

  • The 4th warmest March high temperature on record, tied with three other March dates, occurred on the 26th when the high was 95°. The previous 95° March highs occurred on March 18 & 19 in 1907 and on March 16, 2007. The all-time warmest March high temperature is 99° which occurred on March 26, 1988.
  • The high of 95° on the 26th ranks as the 5th earliest calendar occurrence on record, tied with 1988. Normal date is April 24th.
  • There were four days in which the low temperature was 35° or colder. This total is equal to the number of times this has occurred in the previous EIGHT Marches combined (2014-2021).
  • The three consecutive days with lows of 35° or colder (35° on 7th; 33° on 8th & 35° on 9th) is the most since 2007 when there was 4th consecutive such days.
  • March 2022 joins three other Marches (1895, 1896 & 2007) that recorded three or more days of 90°+ highs and four or more days with low temperatures of 35° or colder.
  • A 31 degree drop in high temperatures over a three day period occurred between the 95° on the 26th and 64° on the 29th. This is the first time that there was a 30°+ drop in high temperatures over a three day span in March since 2012 (85° to 50°) and the 7th such March occurrence since 1895.
  • First March since 2011 that no temperature records were set or tied.
 

The monthly average temperature of 61.7° is two-tenths of a degree below normal and ranks as the 24th warmest March on record, tied with 2019. Temperature extremes for the month ranged from a high of 95° on the 26th to a low of 33° on the 8th.

 

Rainfall occurred across the metro area over three time periods during the month. On the 6th, the 20th & 21st and the 28th & 29th.

  • 6th: A moisture starved cold front pushed across the area bringing sprinkles to the valley and flurries to the nearly by mountain peaks.
  • 20th & 21st: A weather system passing through the area, on the first two days of Spring, brought scattered valley rain & high elevation snow showers, gusty winds and a few claps of thunder. Rainfall amounts were mostly less than a quarter of an inch, with isolated areas recording up to a half inch.
  • 28th & 29th: A stronger, colder system passing through the area brought widespread showers, a few thunderstorms, pea size hail, gusty winds & high elevation snow showers. Rainfall amounts were mostly less than a third of ain inch with isolated area recording up to three-quarters of an inch.
 

Rainfall amounts across the metro area, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, ranged widely from 0.10" to 0.75 ". The International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, recorded 0.19" which ranks as the 29th driest March on record, tied with 1949 & 1966. Additionally the airport monthly total extended the streak of below normal rainfall for March to "18" straight. The last March to record above normal rainfall was in 2004 when 1.12" was recorded.

 
March 2022 stats
Month
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
77.2°
75.8°
+ 1.4°
Average low temperature
46.1°
48.0°
- 1.9°
Average temperature
61.7°
61.9°
- 0.2°
Rainfall
0.19"
0.56"
- 0.37"
 

2022

The average yearly temperature of 56.8° is six-tenths of a degree BELOW normal and ranks as the 27th warmest on record through the end of March. The average yearly temperature is below normal for the calendar year through the end of March for the first time since 2017 and the fourth time this century (2001 & 2013). Thanks to the new warmer 30-year climate normals, which went into effect last year, the average yearly temperature this year through the end of March is below normal although it was warmer than two years ago (56.8° vs 56.5°). For comparison through the end of March, the current climate normal period (1991-2020) average temperature is 57.4° while the previous climate normal period (1981-2010) average temperature was 56.1°. The 1981-2010 climate normal period was used from the late 2011 to early 2021.

Rainfall at the Tucson International airport, the official location in Tucson, of 0.67" is 1.57" BELOW normal & ranks as the 14th driest January through March period on record. The water year rainfall is at the half-way mark with a paltry 2.03" being recorded. This ranks as the 16th driest first half of the water year period on record. For only the third time since 1910, no temperature records were set during the first three months of the year. The previous two occurrences were in 1984 & 2010.

 
2022 stats thru March
Year
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
72.1°
70.6°
+ 1.5°
Average low temperature
41.5°
44.1°
- 2.6°
Average temperature
56.8°
57.4°
- 0.6°
Rainfall
0.67"
2.24"
- 1.57"
Water year rainfall (Oct-Mar)
2.03"
4.43"
- 2.40"
 

 
Looking ahead into April

The Climate Prediction Center forecasts for temperature a 57% chance that they will end up above normal and a 10% chance that they will end up below normal. The forecast for precipitation is a 49% chance that they will be up below normal and a 18% chance that they will end up above normal.

 
Normal monthly high temperature 82.9°
Normal monthly low temperature 53.3°
Normal monthly temperature 68.1°
Record high temperature 104° on April 20 & 21, 1989
Record low temperature 27° on April 4, 1945
Warmest April (avg.) 73.8° in 1989
Coldest April (avg.) 57.8° in 1975
Normal rainfall 0.24"
Wettest April day 1.17" on April 1, 1999
Wettest April 3.53" in 1905
Driest April 0.00" in 2018 (last of 12 occurrences)
Snowiest April 2.0" in 1976
Daily normals | Daily records  
The number of daylight hours will increase from 12 hours 31 minutes 48 seconds on the 1st to 13 hours 25 minutes 39 seconds on the 30th, a gain of 53 minutes 51 seconds.
 
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March 2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

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March 2022 daily temperatures versus daily records and normals.

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March 2022 daily precipitation versus daily records.

Monthly data in tabular form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April climate data across southeast Arizona

April climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona

April 2022 climate report for Tucson
4th warmest and Driest (tied) on record
30th April with no measurable rainfall at official site
3rd earliest occurrence of first 100° high temperature
 
The main stories for the month were 1) no rain falling across the area; 2) one of the warmest Aprils on record and 3) the 3rd earliest occurrence of the first triple digit high of the year.
 

The monthly average temperature of 71.8° is just under four degrees above normal and ranks as the 4th warmest April on record. Temperature extremes for the month ranged from a high of 100° on the 26th to a low of 39° on the 13th. Three temperature records (one high & two warm lows) were set or tied. These were the first record temperatures set/tied in 2022. The last year in which Tucson waited until April to set/tied a record temperature was back in 2010.

 

No rain was recorded across the metro area, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS. The zero rainfall recorded at the International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, marked the 30th time since 1895 that no measurable rain was recorded at the official site. It's the 13th April with ZERO rainfall. Additionally this is the fifteenth April in the past seventeen that the airport recorded below normal rainfall.

 
April 2022 stats
Month
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
88.5°
82.9°
+ 5.6°
Average low temperature
55.1°
53.3°
+ 1.8°
Average temperature
71.8°
68.1°
+ 3.7°
Rainfall
0.00"
0.24"
- 0.24"
 

2022

The average yearly temperature of 60.6° is a half of a degree ABOVE normal and ranks as the 12th warmest on record, tied with 1996, through the end of April. Rainfall at the Tucson International airport, the official location in Tucson, of 0.67" is 1.81" BELOW normal & ranks as the 9th driest January through April period on record. The water year rainfall total 2.03" ranks as the 9th driest on record.

 
2022 stats thru April
Year
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
76.2°
73.7°
+ 2.5°
Average low temperature
44.9°
46.4°
- 1.5°
Average temperature
60.6°
60.1°
+ 0.5°
Rainfall
0.67"
2.48"
- 1.81"
Water year rainfall (Oct-Mar)
2.03"
4.67"
- 2.64"
 

 
Looking ahead into May

The Climate Prediction Center forecasts for temperature a 48% chance that they will end up above normal and a 19% chance that they will end up below normal. The forecast for precipitation is a 33% chance that they will be up below normal and a 33% chance that they will end up above normal.

 
Normal monthly high temperature 91.8°
Normal monthly low temperature 61.8°
Normal monthly temperature 76.8°
Record high temperature 111° on May 29, 1910
Record low temperature 32° on May 3, 1899
Warmest May (avg.) 80.2° in 2000
Coldest May (avg.) 64.6° in 1905
Normal rainfall 0.20"
Wettest May day 1.34" on May 15, 1931
Wettest May 1.34" in 1931
Driest May 0.00" in 2016 (last of 24 occurrences)
Daily normals | Daily records  
The number of daylight hours will increase from 13 hours 27 minutes 20 seconds on the 1st to 14 hours 6 minutes 49 seconds on the 31st, a gain of 39 minutes 29 seconds.
 
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April 2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

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April 2022 daily temperatures versus daily records and normals.

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April 2022 daily precipitation versus daily records.

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May climate data across southeast Arizona

May climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona

May 2022 climate report for Tucson
6th warmest and Driest (tied) on record
First 105° high of 2022 occurs on the 15th
7th earliest occurrence of first 105° of the year
Monthly high and low temperature occurred within two days
 
Above normal temperatures along with breezy to locally windy and very dry conditions were the story for May 2022.
 
The first 10 days of the month saw daily highs mostly in the 90's and lows in the upper 50's to 60's. A brief shot of cooler air settled in on the 13th which resulted in the low temperatures ranging from the lower 40's to the lower 50's across the metro area. Temperatures warmed up over the next couple of days with highs on the 15th ranging from 104° to 108° across the metro area. The monthly high & low temperature at the airport occurred on the 13th (low of 50°) and 15th (high of 105°). The two day time span between the monthly high and low has only occurred in two other Mays, in 1911 and 1961. The remainder of the month saw highs ranging from the mid 90's to 104° and lows mostly in the 60's.
 
The monthly average temperature of 79.5° is 2.7° above normal and ranks as the 6th warmest May on record. Temperature extremes for the month ranged from a high of 105° on the 15th to a low of 50° on the 13th. Two temperature records were set or tied during the month. A record high of 105° occurred on the 15th (old record 104° in 1934) while on the 27th a record high low of 71° was tied (1951 & 2001).
 
No rain fell across the metro area, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS. The International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, recorded its 25th May since 1895 with no rain being recorded.
 
May 2022 stats
Month
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
95.9°
91.8°
+ 4.1°
Average low temperature
63.0°
61.8°
+ 1.2°
Average temperature
79.5°
76.8°
+ 2.7°
Days with highs 100° or warmer
5
4
+ 1
Rainfall
0.00"
0.20"
- 0.20"
 

 
Spring 2022 climate highlights for Tucson
5th warmest and 11th driest on record
Lowest seasonal dew point average since 1946
Spring ends with 63 consecutive days with no rain at the airport
 

The Spring seasonal forecast for the area, issued February 17th, called for a 46% chance of above normal temperatures & a 42% chance of below normal precipitation. The forecast panned out well with Spring 2022 coming in warmer and drier than normal.

 

The seasonal average temperature of 71.0° goes into the record books as the 5th warmest Spring on record. Temperature extremes ranged from a high of 105° on May 15th to a low of 33° on March 8th. There were six days of triple digit high temperatures which is slightly above normal.

 

The average wind speed was 8.1 mph which is slightly below the average was 8.2 mph. The seasonal average dew point value was 19°. This is tied with 2008 for the lowest Spring average dating back to 1946.

 

Rainfall amounts across the metro area, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, were mostly below a half an inch (0.50") with a localized spots, especially in the foothills, recording up to nine-tenths of an inch (0.90"). The International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, recorded only 0.19". This ranks as the 11th driest Spring on record. Spring ended on a streak of 63 consecutive days with no rain being recorded at the International airport.

 
Spring 2022 stats
Season
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
87.2°
83.5°
+ 3.7°
Average low temperature
54.8°
54.3°
+ 0.5°
Average temperature
71.0°
68.9°
+ 2.1°
Days with highs 100° or warmer
6
4
+ 2
Rainfall
0.19"
1.00"
- 0.81"
 

 

2022

The average yearly temperature, through the end of May, of 64.4° is 0.9° above normal and ranks as the 10th warmest on record, tied with 2000. Rainfall at the Tucson International airport, the official location in Tucson, of two-thirds of an inch (0.67") is two inches below normal and ranks as the 9th driest January through May period on record. The water year is well below normal since October 1st at 2.03" which ranks as the 8th driest water year to date with four months left in the water year calendar. The drought classification for the area degraded to D2 (Severe Drought) during May.

 
2022 stats thru May
Year
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
80.2°
77.4°
+ 2.8°
Average low temperature
48.5°
49.5°
- 1.0°
Average temperature
64.4°
63.5°
+ 0.9°
Days with highs 100° or warmer
6
4
+ 2
Rainfall
0.67"
2.68"
- 2.01"
Water year rainfall (Oct-May)
2.03"
4.87"
- 2.84"
 

 
Looking ahead into June
The Climate Prediction Center forecasts for temperature a 55% chance that they will end up above normal and a 12% chance that they will end up below normal. The forecast for precipitation is a 33% chance that they will be above normal and a 33% chance that they will end up below normal.
 
Normal monthly high temperature 101.2°
Normal monthly low temperature 71.1°
Normal monthly temperature 86.1°
Record high temperature 117° on June 26, 1990
Record low temperature 43° on June 4, 1908
Hottest June (avg.) 89.8° in 2021
Coolest June (avg.) 77.6° in 1965
Normal rainfall 0.23"
Wettest June day 1.56" on June 28, 1938
Wettest June 2.07" in 1938
Driest June 0.00" in 2014 (last of 15 occurrences)
Daily normals | Daily records  
The number of daylight hours will increase from 14 hours 7 minutes & 39 seconds on the 1st to 14 hours 13 minutes & 55 seconds on the 30th, a gain of 6 minutes & 16 seconds.
 
 
Looking ahead into Summer
The Climate Prediction Center forecasts for temperature a 39% chance that they will end up above normal and a 28% chance that they will end up below normal. The forecast for precipitation is a 35% chance that they will be above normal and a 32% chance that they will end up below normal.
 
 
Normal seasonal high temperature 100.0°
Normal seasonal low temperature 74.2°
Normal seasonal temperature 87.1°
Hottest Summer (avg.) 90.0° in 2020
Coolest Summer (avg.) 81.3° in 1923
Normal Summer rainfall 4.42"
Wettest Summer 13.06" in 1955
Driest Summer 0.81" in 1926
   
Astronomical summer, or the summer solstice, will begin on June 21st at 2:13 AM when the sun reaches the northern most latitude part of the earth (23.4 degrees north or the Tropic of Cancer).
 
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May 2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

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May 2022 daily temperatures versus daily records and normals.

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May 2022 daily precipitation versus daily records.

Monthly data in tabular form

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring 2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June climate data across southeast Arizona

June climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer climate data across southeast Arizona

Summer climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona

 

June 2022 climate report for Tucson
5th warmest and 38th wettest on record
Monthly average low temperature for June warmest on record
10th earliest calendar occurrence of 1st 110°+ high
80 consecutive days with no rain at airport, 9th longest on record
 
Hot and dry first half of the month and the return of monsoonal moisture were the main stories for June.
 
The first seven days of the month had highs mostly between 100° and 105° with lows in the upper 60's to mid 70's. High pressure strengthened over the area over the next nine days which resulted in high temperatures mostly being between 105° and 111° with lows in the mid 70's to mid 80's. The high of 111° on the 16th marked the 10th earliest calendar occurrence of the 1st 110°+ high on record. Then the next day the high was only 97°. Digging into the record books, this marked the 4th time since 1895 that the high temperature was below 100° the "day after" recording a high of 110° or hotter.
 
During the hot temperatures between the 10th and 16th, the area saw a little taste of pre-monsoonal moisture with a few storms mainly near the mountains. Monsoonal moisture increased on the 18th and hung around for the remainder of the month. However, showers and thunderstorms, for the most part, danced around the city over the last 13 days of the month. The 9th longest streak with no rain ended on the 18th when the airport recorded 0.05".
 

The monthly average temperature of 89.1° is 3.0° ABOVE normal and ranks as the 5th warmest June on record. Temperature extremes for the month ranged from a high of 111° on the 16th to a low of 66° on the 5th. This is the 7th June on record in which the monthly low temperature did not fall below 65°. Five record high minimum (low) temperatures were set or tied during the month. During the first 16 days of the month, no below normal highs were recorded. Over the last 14 days there was only one day that was above normal. There were nine daily lows that were 80° or warmer. This ties the monthly record previously set in 2017.

 

Rainfall amounts across the metro area, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, were mostly below a third of an inch (0.33") with isolated spots recording up to 1.00". The International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, recorded 0.23" which ranks as the 38th wettest June on record, tied with 1980.

 
June 2022 stats
Month
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
102.3°
101.2°
+ 1.1°
Average low temperature
75.9°
71.1°
+ 4.8°
Average temperature
89.1°
86.1°
+ 3.0°
Days with highs 100° or warmer
24
21
+ 3
Days with highs 105° or warmer
9
10
- 1
Days with highs 110° or warmer
1
1
0
Rainfall
0.23"
0.23"
0.00"
 

2022

The average yearly temperature, through the end of June, of 68.5° is 1.3° above normal and ranks as the 7th warmest on record. Rainfall at the Tucson International airport, the official location in Tucson, of 0.90" is just over 2" below normal and ranks as the 7th driest January through June period on record. The water year is well below normal since October 1st at 2.26" which ranks as the 9th driest water year to date with three months left in the water year calendar. The drought classification for the area stood at D2 (Severe Drought).

 
2022 stats thru June
Year
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
83.9°
81.3°
+ 2.6°
Average low temperature
53.1°
53.1°
0.0°
Average temperature
68.5°
67.2°
+ 1.3°
Days with highs 100° or warmer
30
25
+ 5
Days with highs 105° or warmer
10
11
- 1
Days with highs 110° or warmer
1
1
0
Rainfall
0.90"
2.91"
- 2.01"
Water year rainfall (Oct-Jun)
2.26"
5.10"
- 2.84"
 

 
Looking ahead into July

The Climate Prediction Center forecasts for temperature a 36% chance that they will end up above normal and a 31% chance that they will end up below normal. The forecast for precipitation is a 45% chance that they will be above normal and a 22% chance that they will end up below normal.

 
Normal monthly high temperature 100.2°
Normal monthly low temperature 76.3°
Normal monthly temperature 88.2°
Record high temperature 114° on July 25, 1995 and July 4, 1989
Record low temperature 49° on July 3, 1911
Warmest July (avg.) 91.5° in 2020
Coldest July (avg.) 81.4° in 1912
Normal rainfall 2.21"
Wettest July day 3.93" on July 29, 1958
Wettest July 8.06" in 2021
Driest July 0.04" in 1995
Daily normals | Daily records  
The number of daylight hours will decrease from 14 hours 13 minutes & 29 seconds on the 1st to 13 hours 43 minutes & 35 seconds on the 31st, a loss of 29 minutes & 54 seconds.
 
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June 2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

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June 2022 daily temperatures versus daily records and normals.

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June 2022 daily precipitation versus daily records.

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July climate data across southeast Arizona

July climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona

 

July 2022 weather in review for Tucson Arizona
 
August climate information across southeast Arizona
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August 2022 climate report for Tucson
38th warmest and 34th wettest on record
The average monthly temperature was below normal for 2nd consecutive August
First August with no 105°+ highs since 2016
76 mph thunderstorm wind gust recorded at the airport
2nd consecutive August that airport records above normal rainfall
 
The Climate Prediction Center August outlook for Tucson, issued on July 31st, called for a 42% chance that temperatures will be below normal and a 46% chance that rainfall will be above normal. That forecast turned out correct with the August average temperature at the airport coming in below normal and rainfall coming in above normal.
 

The metro area for most of the month remained under a favorable monsoon flow pattern that brought daily round of showers and thunderstorms which produced strong gusty winds, heavy rain and flash flooding. One of the strongest thunderstorms of the month hit the airport on the evening of the 23rd with a wind gust of 76 mph. This is the highest wind gust, tied with August 11, 1995, to be recorded at the airport in the past 50 years. The deep monsoonal moisture that was over the area for most of the month started to dry out during the last week of the month under a drier upper air pattern.

 

The monthly average temperature of 85.8° is 1.1° BELOW normal ranks as the 38th warmest August on record. Combined with last years August average temperature being 1.2° below normal, this is the first back-to-back Augusts since 2005-06 to be below normal. Temperature extremes for the month ranged from a high of 104° on the 6th and 30th to a low of 70° on the 23rd. There were only seven days that recorded triple digit highs, which is eight days below the normal of 15 days for August. The number could've been higher as there were eight days that recorded a high of 99°. For an oddity record, the eight days with a high of 99° is the most on record for the month of August & any calendar month dating back to 1895. One temperature record was set during the month when the high of 85° on the 19th set a daily cool high record, besting the old record of 86° from 1966. The high temperature of 82° on the 20th marked the first August since 2007 that recorded back-to-back days with highs in the 80's.

 

Rainfall amounts, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, varied widely across the metro area which is always the case during the summer thunderstorm season. Amounts ranged from 1.00" to 4.50" with localized amounts up to 6.50". The International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, recorded 2.82" which is just over eight-tenths of an inch above normal and ranks as the 34th wettest August on record. Combined with last years August total of 3.85", this is the first back-to-back Augusts since 2005-06 to be above normal.

 
August 2022 stats
Month
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
97.2°
98.6°
- 1.4°
Average low temperature
74.4°
75.2°
- 0.8°
Average temperature
85.8°
86.9°
- 1.1°
Days with highs 100° or hotter
7
15
- 8
Days with highs 105° or hotter
0
5
- 5
Days with highs 110° or hotter
0
<1
0
Days with lows 80° or warmer
0
3
- 3
Rainfall
2.82"
1.98"
+ 0.84"
 

 
Summer 2022 climate report for Tucson
3rd warmest and 52nd driest on record
Warmest summer average low temperature on record tied
2nd most number of days with daily low temperatures in the 80's
1st summer with no record highs set or tied since 2010
 

Backed by the 5th warmest June and 7th warmest July and the warmest Summer average low temperature on record (tied with 2020), Summer 2022 goes into the record books as the 3rd warmest Summer on record, tied with the Summers of 2013, 2015 & 2019. The average Summer temperature of 88.3° is 1.2° above normal and is well shy of the two warmest Summers on record (90.0° in 2020 & 89.9° in 1994).

Temperature extremes ranged from a high of 111° on June 16th to a low of 66° on June 5th. For the first Summer since 2010 & the sixth time since 1980, there were no record highs set or tied at the airport. There were 23 days in which the daily low temperature was in the 80s. This is the 2nd most number of days during Summer on record but well behind the record of 33 days set in 2020.

 

As is usually the case during the summer thunderstorm season rainfall amounts, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, ranged widely from 3.00" to 9.00" with localized amounts between 9" and 11" along the lower elevations of the Catalina and Rincon mountains. The International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, recorded 4.13" which ranks as the 52nd driest Summer on record.

 
Summer 2022 stats
Season
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
100.5°
100.0°
+ 0.5°
Average low temperature
76.1°
74.2°
+ 1.9°
Average temperature
88.3°
87.1°
+ 1.2°
Days with highs 100° or hotter
52
55
- 3
Days with highs 105° or hotter
23
24
- 1
Days with highs 110° or hotter
2
2
0
Days with lows 80° or warmer
23
11
+12
Rainfall
4.13"
4.42"
- 0.29"
 

2022

The average yearly temperature, through the end of August, of 73.5° is 1.0° above normal and ranks as the 6th warmest on record. Rainfall at the Tucson International airport, the official location in Tucson, of 4.80" is just under two & a third inches below normal and ranks as the 19th driest January through August period on record. The water year is below normal since October 1st at 6.16" which ranks as the 17th driest water year to date with one month left in the water year calendar.

 
2022 stats thru August
Year
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
87.9°
86.0°
+ 1.9°
Average low temperature
59.0°
58.9°
+ 0.1°
Average temperature
73.5°
72.5°
+ 1.0°
Days with highs 100° or hotter
58
59
- 1
Days with highs 105° or hotter
24
25
- 1
Days with highs 110° or hotter
2
2
0
Days with lows 80° or warmer
23
11
+ 12
Rainfall
4.80"
7.10"
- 2.30"
Water year rainfall (Oct-Aug)
6.16"
9.29"
- 3.13"
 

 
Looking ahead into September

The Climate Prediction Center forecasts for temperature a 35% chance that they will end up above normal and a 32% chance that they will end up below normal. The forecast for precipitation is a 36% chance that they will be above normal and a 31% chance that they will end up below normal.

 
Normal monthly high temperature 95.1°
Normal monthly low temperature 70.4°
Normal monthly temperature 82.8°
Record high temperature 110° on September 4, 2020
Record low temperature 43° on September 26, 1913
Warmest September (avg.) 85.7° in 2020
Coldest September (avg.) 76.3° in 1964
Normal rainfall 1.32"
Wettest September day 2.85" on September 10, 1964
Wettest September 5.60" in 2011
Driest September 0.00" in 1953 & 2020
Daily normals | Daily records  
The number of daylight hours will decrease from 12 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds on the 1st to 11 hours 52 minutes and 27 seconds on the 30th, a loss of 56 minutes 19 seconds.
 
Looking ahead into Fall
The Climate Prediction Center forecasts for temperature a 46% chance that they will end up above normal and a 21% chance that they will end up below normal. The forecast for precipitation is a 33% chance that they will be above normal and a 33% chance that they will end up below normal.
 
Normal seasonal high temperature 85.5°
Normal seasonal low temperature 59.1°
Normal seasonal temperature 72.3°
Warmest Fall (avg.) 76.5° in 2017
Coldest Fall (avg.) 66.0° in 1919, 1923 & 1972
Normal Fall rainfall 2.55"
Wettest Fall 10.97" in 1983
Driest Fall 0.12" in 2017
   
The autumnal equinox, otherwise known as the beginning of fall, will occur on September 22nd at 6:03 PM when the sun begins to cross the equator into the southern hemisphere.
 
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August 2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

Temperature graph

August 2022 daily temperatures versus daily records and normals.

Precipitation graph

August 20212daily precipitation versus daily records.

Monthly data in tabular form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer 2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September climate data across southeast Arizona

September climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall climate data across southeast Arizona

Fall climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona

 

September 2022 climate report for Tucson
4th warmest and 53rd driest on record
Warmest September monthly average low temperature on record

September records more triple digit high temperatures than August

 

Heading into the last month of the 2022 Monsoon the September monthly outlook, issued by the Climate Prediction Center, called for "leaning above normal" for precipitation and temperature.

 

The first eight days of the month were on the quiet side before turning active between the 9th and 13th thanks to deeper tropical moisture moving across the area from Hurricance Kay, which moved northwest off the Baja Coast. This led to isolated areas of heavy rain and flash flooding along with hail. Another quiet period followed through the 18th before returning to the daily threat of showers and thunderstorms as moisture lingered across the area through the end of the month. Severe thunderstorms hit portions on the metro area on the 21st and 26th.

 

The monthly average temperature of 84.7° is just under 2° above normal and ranks as the 4th warmest September on record, tied with 2010. The average monthly low temperature of 72.4° established a new monthly record, eclipsing the old record of 72.3° from 2018. Temperature extremes for the month ranged from a high of 103° on the 6th to a low of 65° on the 17th. One record temperature was set during the month. A high minimum temperature of 75° on the 27th set a new daily record, eclipsing the old record of 73° from 1963 & 1989. For the first time since 2010, September recorded more triple digit high temperatures (8) than August did (7).

 

Rainfall amounts, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, varied widely across the metro area with totals ranging from 0.20" to 1.75" with localized higher amounts to 2.50". The International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, recorded only 0.81" which is around a half an inch below normal and ranks as the 53rd driest September on record, tied with 1949.

 
September 2022 stats
Month
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
96.9°
95.1°
+ 1.8°
Average low temperature
72.4°
70.4°
+ 2.0°
Average temperature
84.7°
82.8°
+ 1.9°
Days with highs 100° or hotter
8
8
0
Days with highs 105° or hotter
0
1
- 1
Rainfall
0.81"
1.32"
-0.51"
 

Monsoon 2022
5th warmest & 46th driest on record

Monsoon 2022 ended up warmer than normal with an average season temperature of 87.2° which is nine-tenths of a degree above normal. This ranks as the 5th warmest monsoon on record, tied with 2011. Temperature extremes ranged from 111° on June 16th to 65° on September 17th.

Rainfall amounts, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, varied widely across the metro area as is usually the case during the summer thunderstorm season. Amounts ranged from 3" to 8" with localized higher amounts up to 12". The Tucson International airport, the official recording location in Tucson, recorded 4.94" which ranks as the 46th driest monsoon on record. Click on the image to the right to see how 2022 compared to the historical record.

 
Monsoon 2022 stats
Season
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
99.0°
98.7°
+0.3°
Average low temperature
75.3°
73.9°
+1.4°
Average temperature
87.2°
86.3°
+ 0.9°
Rainfall
4.94"
5.69"
- 0.75"
 

2022

The average yearly temperature, through the end of September, of 74.7° is 1.1° above normal and ranks as the 6th warmest on record, tied with 2016.

Rainfall amounts, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, has varied widely across the metro area. Amounts ranged from 4" to 9" with localized higher amounts up to 14". The International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, has recorded 5.61" is just under 3" below normal and ranks as the 13th driest January to September on record.

The 2021-22 water year ended up on the dry side with 6.97" being reported at the airport. This ranks as the 11th driest water year period (October 1st to September 30th) on record. This is in sharp contrast to the previous water year which was rather wet with the airport recording 14.23". Rainfall totals across the metro area ranged from 4" to 10" with localized higher amounts up to 15".

 
2022 stats thru September
Year
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
88.9°
87.0°
+ 1.9°
Average low temperature
60.5°
60.2°
+ 0.3°
Average temperature
74.7°
73.6°
+ 1.1°
Days with highs 100° or hotter
66
67
- 1
Days with highs 105° or hotter
24
26
- 2
Days with highs 110° or hotter
2
2
0
Days with lows 80° or warmer
24
11
+ 13
Rainfall
5.61"
8.42"
- 2.81"
2021-2022 Water year rainfall
6.97"
10.61"
- 3.64"
 

 
Looking ahead into October

The Climate Prediction Center forecasts for temperature a 43% chance that they will end up above normal and a 24% chance that they will end up below normal. The forecast for precipitation is a 33% chance that they will be above normal and a 33% chance that they will end up below normal.

 
Normal monthly high temperature 86.3°
Normal monthly low temperature 59.0°
Normal monthly temperature 72.6°
Record high temperature 103° on October 1 and 2, 2020
Record low temperature 26° on October 30, 1971
Warmest October (avg.) 77.5° in 2016
Coldest October (avg.) 63.8° in 1908
Normal rainfall 0.67"
Wettest October day 2.96" on October 1, 1983
Wettest October 4.98" in 1983 & 2000
Driest October 0.00" in 2017 (last of 12 occurrences)
Daily normals | Daily records  
The number of daylight hours will decrease from 11 hours 50 minutes and 30 seconds on the 1st to 10 hours 54 minutes and 19 seconds on the 31st, a loss of 56 minutes and 11 seconds.
 
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September 2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

Temperature graph

September 2022 daily temperatures versus daily records and normals.

Precipitation graph

September 2022 daily precipitation versus daily records.

Monthly data in tabular form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monsoon rainfall Haywoord plot

Haywood plot of monsoon rainfall at the official site in Tucson since 1895.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October climate data across southeast Arizona

October climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona

 

October 2022 climate report for Tucson
40th warmest and 55th wettest on record
Monthly average temperature below normal for 2nd consecutive October
Unusual amount of thunderstorms for the month
 

Above normal moisture values for early October combined with several atmospheric disturbances moving across the area produced isolated to scattered showers or thunderstorms on a daily basis during the first ten days of the month. Some of the storms produced heavy rain, especially on the 4th, 5th, 6th & 8th.

 

Dry conditions prevailed from the 11th to the 14th before an upper level low moved across the area bringing scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms and small hail on the 15th & 16th. Dry and warmer temperatures were on tap from the 17th to the 22nd.

 

Scattered light showers and high elevation mountain snow occurred on the evening of the 23rd and the morning of the 24th were associated with a passing cold front. This cold front brought a cooler air mass with morning lows on the 25th being in the upper 30's to mid 40's.

 

The last seven days of the month was dry with below normal high and low temperatures.

 

The monthly average temperature of 71.4° is 1.2° BELOW normal and ranks as the 40th warmest October on record. This is the second consecutive October to be below normal. The last time back-to-back Octobers' were BELOW normal was back in the 1980's when there was a string of SEVEN straight BELOW normal Octobers' from 1980 to 1986. Temperature extremes for the month ranged from a high 94° on the 3rd to a low of 43° on the 25th. Two daily record temperatures were set during the month. A record warm low temperature was set on the 22nd with a low of 66° breaking the record of 64° from 2016. A record cool high temperature was set on the 24th with a high of 67° breaking the record of 68° from 1936 & 1978

 

Rainfall amounts across the metro area, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, ranged widely from a tenth of an inch to 1" with localized areas recording between 1" and 1.60". The International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, recorded just over a half an inch /0.53"/. This ranks as the 55th wettest October on record, tied with 1941. On average, the Tucson airport records two days with thunderstorms. This month the airport recorded 9 days which is the highest amount dating back to 1948. The previous highest amount for October was 7 days in 1983, 2000 & 2015.

 
October 2022 stats
Month
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
84.1°
86.3°
- 2.2°
Average low temperature
58.7°
59.0°
- 0.3°
Average temperature
71.4°
72.6°
- 1.2°
Rainfall
0.53"
0.67"
-0.14"
 

 
Fall 2022 so far

Two-thirds of climatological Fall is in the books and 2022 ranks as the 15th warmest & 56th driest on record with one month left to go.

 

 
2022

The average yearly temperature, through the end of October, of 74.4° is 0.9° above normal and ranks as the 7th warmest on record. The yearly rainfall total of 6.14" at the Tucson International airport, the official location in Tucson, ranks as the 15th driest January through October period on record. This is a quite a difference from a year ago when the airport recorded 13.84" of rain through the end of October.

 
2022 stats thru October
Year
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
88.4°
86.9°
+ 1.5°
Average low temperature
60.3°
60.1°
+ 0.2°
Average temperature
74.4°
73.5°
+ 0.9°
Days with highs 100° or hotter
66
68
- 2
Days with highs 105° or hotter
24
26
- 2
Days with highs 110° or hotter
2
2
0
Days with lows 80° or warmer
24
11
+ 13
Rainfall
6.14"
9.09"
- 2.95"
2022-2023 Water year rainfall
0.53"
0.67"
- 0.14"
 

 
Looking ahead into November

The Climate Prediction Center forecasts for temperature a 35% chance that they will end up above normal and a 32% chance that they will end up below normal. The forecast for precipitation is a 33% chance that they will be above normal and a 33% chance that they will end up below normal.

 
Normal monthly high temperature 75.1°
Normal monthly low temperature 47.9°
Normal monthly temperature 61.5°
Record high temperature 94° on November 1, 1924
Record low temperature 19° on November 19, 1921
Warmest November (avg.) 69.1° in 2017
Coldest November (avg.) 51.0° in 1911
Normal rainfall 0.56"
Wettest November day 2.09" on November 22, 1931
Wettest November 4.61" in 1905
Driest November 0.00" in 2005 (last of 14 occurrences)
Record November snowfall 6.4" in 1958
Daily normals | Daily records  
The number of daylight hours will decrease from 10 hours 52 minutes and 36 seconds on the 1st to 10 hours 12 minutes and 31 seconds on the 30th, a loss of 40 minutes and 5 seconds.
 
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October 2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

Temperature graph

October 2022 daily temperatures versus daily records and normals.

Precipitation graph

October 2022 daily precipitation versus daily records.

Monthly data in tabular form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November climate data across southeast Arizona

November climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona

 

November 2022 climate report for Tucson
44th coolest and 16th driest on record
Coolest November since 2004
4 days with high temperatures of 80° or warmer, least amount since 2004
Every daily high temperature was cooler than what occurred in November 2021
 
A completely different November this year from what occurred one year ago
 
November 2022 vs 2021
2022
2021
notes
Average high temperature
72.4°
82.6°
.
Average low temperature
43.4°
51.3°
.
Average temperature
57.9°
67.0°
2021 was 2nd warmest
Days with highs 80° or warmer
4
24
.
Rainfall
Trace
0.01"
.
 

An very odd quirk happened this November when you compare the daily highs this year versus last year. Every one of them ended up being cooler than a year ago. This is the first time since March 1973 that every daily high temperature of a month was cooler than what occurred one year earlier. This has also occurred in August 1963 & February 1905. Here was the tweet the office issued.

 

Rainfall amounts, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, were mostly less than a tenth an inch /0.10"/ with localized totals up to a third of an inch /0.33"/, especially near Vail and on the northwest side of the metro area. The International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, recorded a trace of rain which is well below normal and ranks as the 16th driest November on record.

 
November 2022 stats
Month
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
72.4°
75.1°
- 2.7°
Average low temperature
43.4°
47.9°
- 4.5°
Average temperature
57.9°
61.5°
- 3.6°
Days with highs 80° or warmer
4
11
- 7
Rainfall
Trace
0.56"
- 0.55"
 

 
Fall 2021 climate report for Tucson
37th warmest and 13th driest on record
Coolest Fall since 2006
1st Fall average temperature that was below normal since 2004
 

The Climate Prediction Center forecast for Fall 2022 called for a 46% chance of above normal temperatures and a 22% chance of below normal temperatures. For the first time since 2004, the average Fall temperature was below normal.

 

The average Fall temperature of 71.3° is 1.0° below the 1991-2020 normal. It ended being the coolest Fall since 2006. Temperature extremes for Fall ranged from a high of 103° on September 6th to a low of 36° on November 26th.

 

Rainfall amounts across the metro area, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, ranged widely across the metro area from 0.50" to 3" with localized totals up to 3.75". The International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, was on the dry side as just over one and a third of an inch /1.34"/ was recorded. This ranks as the 13th driest Fall on record.

 
Fall 2022 stats
Season
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
84.5°
85.5°
- 1.0°
Average low temperature
58.2°
59.1°
- 0.9°
Average temperature
71.3°
72.3°
- 1.0°
Days with highs 100° or hotter
8
7
+ 1
Rainfall
1.34"
2.55"
- 1.21"
 

2022

The average yearly temperature through the end of November of 72.9° ranks as the 11th warmest on record. The yearly rainfall total of 6.14" at the Tucson International airport, the official location in Tucson, ranks as the 10th driest January through November period on record. The yearly total to date currently stands as the 7th driest year with one month left in 2022. The airport needs to record around 0.37" of rain during December to escape being ranked in the top 10 driest years on record. Normal rainfall for December 0.96".

 
2022 stats thru November
Year
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
87.0°
84.9°
+ 2.1°
Average low temperature
58.8°
57.2°
+ 1.6°
Average temperature
72.9°
71.1°
+ 1.8°
Days with highs 100° or hotter
66
68
- 2
Days with highs 105° or hotter
24
26
- 2
Days with highs 110° or hotter
2
2
0
Days with lows 32° or colder
4
7
- 3
Days with lows 80° or warmer
24
11
+ 13
Rainfall
6.14"
9.65"
- 3.51"
 

 
Looking ahead into December
The Climate Prediction Center forecasts for temperature a 34% chance that they will end up above normal and a 33% chance that they will end up below normal. The forecast for precipitation is a 33% chance that they will be above normal and a 33% chance that they will end up below normal.
 
Normal monthly high temperature 65.5°
Normal monthly low temperature 40.5°
Normal monthly temperature 53.0°
Record high temperature 85° on December 1, 2021 (last of 5 occurrences)
Record low temperature 10° on December 14, 1901
Warmest December (avg.) 58.1° in 1980
Coldest December (avg.) 45.0° in 1911
Normal rainfall 0.96"
Wettest December day 2.15" on December 6, 1906
Wettest December 5.85" in 1914
Driest December 0.00" in 1981 (last of 6 occurrences)
Record December snowfall 6.8" in 1971 (8th)
Daily normals | Daily records  
The number of daylight hours will decrease from 10 hours 11 minutes and 36 seconds on the 1st to 10 hours 4 minutes and 36 seconds on the 31st, a loss of 7 minutes and 0 seconds.
 
Looking ahead into Winter

The Climate Prediction Center forecasts for temperature a 44% chance that they will end up above normal and a 23% chance that they will end up below normal. The forecast for precipitation is a 24% chance that they will be above normal and a 43% chance that they will end up below normal.

 
Normal seasonal high temperature 67.0°
Normal seasonal low temperature 41.5°
Normal seasonal temperature 54.3°
Warmest Winter (avg.) 57.9° in 2017-2018
Coldest Winter (avg.) 46.9° in 1912-1913
Normal Winter rainfall 2.64"
Wettest Winter 9.78" in 1992-93
Driest Winter 0.01" in 2005-06
   
Astronomical winter will begin on December 21st at 2:48 AM MST when the sun reaches the southern most latitude part of the earth (23.4° south or the Tropic of Capricorn).
 
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November 2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

Temperature graph

November 2022 daily temperatures versus daily records and normals.

Precipitation graph

November 2022 daily precipitation versus daily records.

Monthly data in tabular form

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall 2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December climate data across southeast Arizona

December climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter climate data across southeast Arizona

Winter climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona

 

December 2022 climate report for Tucson
25th warmest on record
2nd warmest daily low temperature for December
37th wettest on record
 
The month started off on the warm side with highs in the mid to upper 70's on the 1st and 2nd before the first Pacific storm system of the month brought widespread rain on the 3rd and 4th. Two-day rainfall totals across the metro area ranged from 0.50" to 1.40" in the valley with amounts between 1.50" and 6" recorded at the higher elevations of the Catalina and Rincon mountains. This system also brought much cooler high temperatures, with highs in the lower 60's, but due of the considerable cloud cover, warm daily low temperatures in the 50's both days. The low temperature of 59° on the 4th not only set a new daily warm low record breaking the old record of 56° from 1946, it ranks as the 2nd warmest daily low temperature on record for December. The warmest December low temperature is 62° from 2017 (1st). Due to the considerable amount of near surface moisture, once the sky cleared late on the 4th dense fog developed across the metro area which continue through much of the morning of the 5th with visibility's less than an eighth of a mile at times.
 

Dry with above normal high temperatures from the 5th to the 11th with highs in the mid-60's to the lower 70's.

 

The second Pacific storm of the month moved across the area on the 12th bringing with it widespread valley rain and mountain snow. Since it was a colder one than earlier in the month, snow levels at times reached down to the valley floor with some light snow occurring on the east side of the metro area. Rainfall amounts were mostly between 0.25" and 0.75". With a colder air mass in place, high temperatures were in the 50's from the 12th through 16th with daily lows in the mid 20's to mid 30's from the 13th through the 17th.

 

Over the next 10 days high temperatures gradually warmed through the 60's into the 70's peaking on the 27th with a monthly high temperature of 79°.

 

A couple of weak weather systems moved across the area on the 28th through 30th bringing the area another shot of valley rain and mountain snow.

 

The last day of 2022 was dry with afternoon temperatures in the upper 60's to lower 70's.

 

The monthly average temperature of 54.0° is 1.0° ABOVE normal and ranks as the 25th warmest December on record, tied with 1995. Temperature extremes for the month ranged from a high of 79° on the 27th to a low of 30° on the 15th & 17th. One daily temperature record was set. A high minimum temperature of 59° on the 4th broke the old warm low for the date of 56° from 1946.

 

Rainfall amounts, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, ranged from 0.75" to 2.50". The Tucson International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, recorded 1.27" which is around a third of an inch above normal and ranks as the 37th wettest December on record.

Rainfall amounts across the metro during the first three months of the hydrologic water year has ranged from 1.10" to 3.50". The story is much different in the Catalina and Rincon mountains where between 4" and 10" of precipitation has been recorded so far this water year. The Tucson International airport, which is the official recording spot in Tucson, has recorded 1.80" which is four-tenths of an inch below normal and ranks as the 57th driest first quarter of the water year on record.

 
December 2022 stats
Month
Normal
Departure
Average high temperature
66.6°
65.5°
+ 1.1°
Average low temperature
41.4°
40.5°
+ 0.9°
Average temperature
54.0°
53.0°
+ 1.0°
Rainfall
1.27"
0.96"
+ 0.31"
2022-23 Water Year (Oct-Dec)
1.80"
2.19"
- 0.39"
 

 

Looking ahead into January

The Climate Prediction Center forecasts for temperature a 33% chance that they will end up above normal and a 33% chance that they will end up below normal. The forecast for precipitation is a 33% chance that they will be above normal and a 33% chance that they will end up below normal.
 
Normal monthly high temperature 66.5°
Normal monthly low temperature 40.8°
Normal monthly temperature 53.6°
Record high temperature 88° on January 4, 1927
Record low temperature 6° on January 7, 1913
Warmest January (avg.) 59.1° in 2018
Coldest January (avg.) 41.2° in 1937
Normal rainfall 0.84"
Wettest January day 2.63" on January 19, 1916
Wettest January 4.81" in 1993
Driest January 0.00" in 1903, 1912, 1924, 1928 & 1972
Snowiest January 6.0" in 1898
Snowiest January day 4.3" in 1987 (16th)
Daily normals | Daily records  
The number of daylight hours will increase from 10 hours 5 minutes 5 seconds on the 1st to 10 hours 37 minutes 58 seconds on the 31st, a gain of 32 minutes 53 seconds.
 
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December 2022 climate recap for Tucson Arizona

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December 2022 daily temperatures versus daily records and normals.

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December 2022 daily precipitation versus daily records.

Monthly data in tabular form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January climate data across southeast Arizona

January climatic normals and outlook for southeast Arizona.

 

  2022 climate report for Tucson
  9th warmest year on record
  13th driest year on record
   
  2022 will be remembered as being rather dry through Spring; another hot Summer; a relatively active Monsoon which showed its true nature in the spatial variability of rainfall totals across the metro area and another top 10 warmest year on record. Click on the monthly tabs above for the full individual monthly text reports.
   
  2022 goes into the record books as the 9th warmest & 13th driest on record. (See tables below)
 
The 15 warmest years on record
Rank
Average yearly temperature
Year
1)
73.2°
2017
2)
72.5°
2020
3T)
72.1°
2014
72.1°
2016
5)
71.9°
2021
6)
71.7°
2018
7)
71.5°
2015
8)
71.4°
1989
9T)
71.3°
2022
71.3°
2012
11)
71.1°
2009
12)
70.9°
1994
13)
70.8°
2013
14)
70.7°
2005
15T)
70.6°
1954
70.6°
2003
Normal yearly temperature (1991-2020): 70.6°
The 15 driest years on record
Rank
Rainfall
Year
1)
4.17"
2020
2)
5.07"
1924
3)
5.34"
1953
4)
5.53"
1947
5)
5.67"
2009
6)
6.28"
1976
7)
6.48"
1989
8)
6.50"
1928
9)
6.64"
1975
10)
7.04"
1956
11)
7.05"
1939
12)
7.22"
1973
13)
7.41"
2022
14)
7.60"
2004
15)
7.66"
1949
Normal yearly rainfall (1991-2020): 10.61"
   
  The streak of the yearly average temperature being above normal now stands at 24 straight years!
 

 

 

Here are some of the monthly temperature highlights during 2022:

  • January: 17th warmest on record.
  • February: 59th warmest on record. Average monthly temperature was 1.9° below normal.
  • March: 24th warmest on record. Average monthly temperature was 0.2° below normal.
  • April: 4th warmest on record. First 100° high of 2022 occurred on the 26th, 3rd earliest occurrence on record.
  • May: 6th warmest on record.
  • June: 5th warmest on record. Average monthly low temperature warmest on record..
  • July: 7th warmest on record and 9th warmest "ANY" month on record. 3rd & 5th warmest all-time low temperatures were recorded.
  • August: 38th warmest on record. Second straight August to be below normal.
  • September: 4th warmest on record. September records more triple digit highs (8) than August (7).
  • October: 40th warmest on record. Second straight October to be below normal.
  • November: 44th coolest on record. Every high temperature was cooler than the previous November.
  • December: 25th warmest on record. 2nd warmest December low occurs on 4th.

Season highlights

  • Winter: 13th warmest on record.
  • Spring: 5th warmest on record. Lowest seasonal dew point average since 1946.
  • Summer: 3rd warmest on record.
  • Fall: 37th warmest on record. Average seasonal temperature was 1.0° below normal. 1st below normal fall since 2004.

Comparing 2022 to 2021

  • # of days with highs 100°+: 66 in 2022; 63 in 2021. Normal 68 days.
  • # of days with highs 105°+: 24 in 2022; 19 in 2021. Normal 26 days.
  • # of days with highs 110°+: 2 in 2022; 8 in 2021. Normal 2 days.
  • # of days with lows 32° or colder: 7 in 2022; 3 in 2021. Normal 12 days
   
 
Month-by-month statistical recap for Tucson International airport
Click on individual month tabs above for full climate report
Month Avg. High Avg. Low Avg. Temp Rainfall
January 68.9° 39.6° 54.3° 0.28"
February 70.1° 38.5° 54.3° 0.20"
March 77.2° 46.1° 61.7° 0.19"
April 88.5° 55.1° 71.8° 0.00"
May 96.0° 63.0° 79.5° 0.00"
June 102.3° 75.9° 89.1° 0.23"
July 102.1° 78.0° 90.0° 1.08"
August 97.2° 74.4° 85.8° 2.82"
September 96.9° 72.4° 84.7° 0.81"
October 84.1° 58.7° 71.4° 0.53"
November 72.4° 43.4° 57.9° Trace
December 66.6° 41.4° 54.0° 1.27"
2022 85.3° 57.3° 71.3° 7.41"
1991-2020 normal 84.0° 57.3° 70.6° 10.61"
   
 

A total of sixteen daily record temperatures were set or tied during 2022. This is the least amount in a year since there was ten in 2008. The table below shows the breakdown for highs, low maximums and high minimums. The yearly high temperature was 111° on June 16th while the yearly low temperature was 26° on February 3rd.

   
 
Record highs set or tied
Date Record Previous Year(s)
April 26 100° 99° 1992& 2020
May 15 105° 104° 1934
The two record highs set is the least amount in a year since 2008 when there was only one.
Record high minimums set or tied
Date Record Previous Year(s)
April 10 65° 63° 1918
April 11 64° 64° (tied) 2014
May 27 71° 71° (tied) 1951 & 2001
June 9 84° 80° 2016
June 11 80° 77° (tied) 1956/1979/2014
June 12 81° 81° (tied) 1018 & 1996
June 13 80° 79° 1933
June 17 85° 82° 1899
July 12 88° 86° 2019
September 27 75° 73° (tied) 1963 & 1989
October 22 66° 64° 2016
December 4 59° 56° 1946
 
Record low maximums set or tied
Date Record Previous Year(s)
August 19 85° 86° 1966
October 24 67° 68° 1936 & 1978
 
   
 
   
  RAINFALL for 2022
 

Coming off one of the WETTEST years on record in 2021 where the airport recorded 15.19", the outlook called for enhanced probabilities for below normal rainfall through the Spring season then equal chances for below, near or above normal rainfall for the remainder of the year.

The first five months were rather dry with the airport only recording 0.67" or 2" below normal. The annual monsoon was not quite as active as it was in 2021 with rainfall amounts ranging widely across the metro area from 3" to 8" with localized higher amounts up to 12". Fall was dry with above normal rainfall returning to the area during December. Officially, 7.41" of rain was recorded at the International airport which ranks, in the 128 year climatic record period (1895-2022) for Tucson, as the 13th driest year on record.

An statistical oddity occurred in 2022 in that not one daily rainfall record was set at the official recording site. Dating back to 1910, every year has had a least one daily rainfall record be broken.

   
 

Here are some of the monthly rainfall highlights during 2022:

  • January: 38th driest with 0.28".
  • February: 30th driest with 0.20".
  • March: 29th driest with 0.19". 18th straight March with below normal rainfall.
  • April: DRIEST with no rain. 13th April in which official site recorded zero rainfall.
  • May: DRIEST with no rain. 25th May in which official site recorded zero rainfall.
  • June: 38th wettest with 0.23". 9th longest streak with no rain ended at 80 days on June 18th.
  • July: 28th driest with 1.08".
  • August: 34th wettest with 2.82".
  • September: 53rd driest with 0.81". Hydrological water year (Oct. 1 to Sep. 30) ended with 6.97" or 11th driest.
  • October: 55th wettest with 0.53".
  • November: 16th driest with Trace. This is the 25th November that the official recording location recorded no measurable rain..
  • December: 37th wettest with 1.27".

Season highlights

  • Winter: 48th driest with 1.82". Light snow on January 26th.
  • Spring: 11th driest with 0.19". 63 consecutive days with no rain.
  • Summer: 52nd driest with 4.13".
  • Monsoon: 46th driest with 4.94".
  • Fall: 13th driest with 1.34"
   
 

Rainfall totals across the metro area, using several sources like rainlog.org, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, ranged from 6"-13" across the metro area with significantly higher totals in the surrounding mountains.

   
 

2022 rainfall amounts across eastern Pima county. Data courtesy of the Pima County Regional Flood Control District

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  Drought
  Eastern Pima county, including the Tucson metro area, was under either Abnormally Dry (D0), Moderate (D1) or Severe (D2) drought classifications during 2022. Below are comparison drought maps for the beginning of 2022 (left), summer (middle) and at the end of 2022 (right).
   
  Drought maps from the start and end of 2022 Data courtesy of the United States Drought Monitor.
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  Outlook for 2023
 

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) forecasts enhanced probabilities for above normal temperatures for the entire year. Thus expect the consecutive year streak of above normal temperatures to be extended to 25 years.

CPC forecasts, thanks to weakening La Niña conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, probabilities leaning for below normal rainfall through the Spring season then equal chances for below, near or above normal rainfall for most the remainder of the year. The exception is the summer thunderstorm season where the forecast for precipitation is a 36% chance that they will be above normal and a 31% chance that they will end up below normal.

   
 
Temperature Precipitation
Climate Predition Center monthly temperature forecast for 2022 Climate Predition Center monthly temperature forecast for 2022
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Yearly normals & records  
Normal yearly high temperature 84.0°
Normal yearly low temperature 57.3°
Normal yearly temperature 70.6°
Record high temperature 117° on June 26, 1990
Record low temperature 6° on January 7, 1913
Warmest Year (avg.) 73.3° in 2017
Coldest Year (avg.) 65.0° in 1912
Normal rainfall 10.61"
Wettest day 3.93" on July 29, 1958
Wettest Year 24.17" in 1905
Driest Year 4.17" in 2020
   
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  Yearly climatic normals and records for southeast Arizona
   
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2022

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January

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February

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March

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April

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May

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June

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July

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August

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September

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October

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November

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December

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Winter 2021-2022

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Spring

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Summer

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Fall

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