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Old 05-30-2011, 12:33 PM
Status: "Smiling in wonderful SE Arizona" (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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Someone else mentioned the higher the elevation the cooler the temperature. All true.

There is one other influence. The farther south and east the cooler the temperature. There is a moderating influence from the Sea of Cortes.

That makes Bisbee very cool, and possibly add Nogales and Douglas too.
I don't think the Sea of Cortez moderates the temps very much (at least not in the summer). If it did, Yuma - which is the closest part of the state to the Sea of Cortez - would be the most mild in the summer - and that's FAR from the case. I DO think it moderates the overnight lows in the WINTER (giving Yuma the mildest winter temps).

SE Arizona is more moderate simply because of it's elevation - not because of the Sea of Cortez. SE Arizona is simply higher than SE Arizona.

As I said though, you CAN make a case for the Sea of Cortez moderating the winter lows near Yuma.

Ken
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
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Well, yes. Yuma doesn't get the influence because the storms and wind come off the Sea of Cortes to the east, and not towards Yuma in the west. Ajo - not very high - is cooler than Yuma. Nogales is relatively cool for 4000 feet elevation. Sierra Vista stays cooler than, say, Cottonwood, which is a similar elevation. It takes a little examination, but I'm sure you will see a trend.
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:58 PM
 
Location: MT/35 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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I don't think the Sea of Cortez moderates the temps very much (at least not in the summer). If it did, Yuma - which is the closest part of the state to the Sea of Cortez - would be the most mild in the summer - and that's FAR from the case. I DO think it moderates the overnight lows in the WINTER (giving Yuma the mildest winter temps).

SE Arizona is more moderate simply because of it's elevation - not because of the Sea of Cortez. >>>>>SE Arizona is simply higher than SE Arizona.<<<<<.....Just couldn't miss the opportunity to "rattle your cage"

As I said though, you CAN make a case for the Sea of Cortez moderating the winter lows near Yuma.

Ken
......Hey Ken.............. When the hell are you going to get out of that Seattle area.?.............or has the current weather (spring beautiful Seattle spring) been so good that you know you'll miss it
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Old 05-30-2011, 01:25 PM
Status: "Smiling in wonderful SE Arizona" (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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......Hey Ken.............. When the hell are you going to get out of that Seattle area.?.............or has the current weather (spring beautiful Seattle spring) been so good that you know you'll miss it
GAWD! The spring here has been HORRIBLE.

Sadly though, I'm stuck here for a while because of home values.
It'll be another couple of years or so.



Ken
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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Look for a city in one of the blue areas in this map:

http://uair.arizona.edu/system/files...ge-temp-az.pdf
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:32 PM
 
Location: East Central Phoenix
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The coolest city in Arizona during the summer would be Flagstaff. High temperatres average in the 70s and 80s during all of the hottest months, and it only reaches the 90s once or twice. Flagstaff has never had a high temperature in the 100s ... in fact, it is one of only a small handful of cities in the U.S. that has never recorded a 100 degree temperature.

As far as towns are concerned, there are many in eastern AZ which are even cooler than Flagstaff. The one that instantly comes to mind is Greer. Low temperatures have dipped below freezing in Greer on occasion in the early summer, and high temperatures rise above 80 degrees only on occasion.
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Someone else mentioned the higher the elevation the cooler the temperature. All true.

There is one other influence. The farther south and east the cooler the temperature. There is a moderating influence from the Sea of Cortes.

That makes Bisbee very cool, and possibly add Nogales and Douglas too.
This is going to sound very blunt, but that makes no sense. Its cooler down in the southeast because of the elevation not the sea of cortez.
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
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This is going to sound very blunt, but that makes no sense. Its cooler down in the southeast because of the elevation not the sea of cortez.
I'm okay with blunt. But, as stated in a previous post the wind and storms come off the Sea of Cortez to the east toward Nogales,
Bisbee and Douglas.
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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Sierra Vista area is around 10 cooler on a given day than Tucson.
Douglas was usually warmer than SV on that same day as was Nogales.
Lived in Cochise county a few different times in my life.
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
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Someone else mentioned the higher the elevation the cooler the temperature. All true.

There is one other influence. The farther south and east the cooler the temperature. There is a moderating influence from the Sea of Cortes.

That makes Bisbee very cool, and possibly add Nogales and Douglas too.
I'm backing down on this claim. I overlooked night time summer temperatures being warmer in Bisbee, Nogales and Douglas. Sorry, folks.
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