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Old 08-28-2017, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Many cities seem to be much different weather wise than what the official temperatures, rain or snow levels indicate.

Phoenix "official" low temperature for instance is usually 8 to 10 degrees warmer than eastern suburbs like Gilbert or parts of Mesa or northern suburbs like Carefree.

Rainfall tends to be much higher in the northern suburbs also in areas like northern parts of Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek than the official indicate also.

Carefree for instance tends to get around 13" of rain a year and is a suburb of Phoenix. Low temperatures average in the mid 70s in the summer as opposed to mid 80s at the Sky Harbor

https://wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?azcare

Colorado Springs is actually rather lush in parts of the city. The airport is at 6,000 feet, while much of the city is between 6,600 to 6,800 feet elevation with some open space areas much higher elevation than that.

Colorado Springs official summer low temperatures are in the mid 50s but temperatures are much cooler than that in the northern and western sections of the city.

Colorado Springs also gets far more monsoon rain in the northern and western sections of the city than the airport has.

Denver is different. Downtown Denver tends to be several degrees warmer than the airport reading. Denver stations tend to have a high temperature/low temperature for the airport and downtown because there is such a difference.

The official average high is supposedly 89 degrees in July but downtown Denver is certainly warmer.

The western sections of Denver also tend to get more summer rain than the airport.

I wouldn't be surprised if the northern suburbs of Tucson are several degrees cooler and much wetter in the summer than the official record at the airport would indicate.
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:30 AM
 
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Because of heat islands, it's a relatively common occurrence to have official airport readings be slightly cooler than the urban cores. For example, right now it's 73 at Dulles and 75 at Reagan National. Also, DFW Airport is 83 while Love Field in Dallas is 85.

Also, in places like L.A. and San Diego, the biggest airports are very close to the ocean, while much of the population of those metros lives far enough inland to have a very different climate.
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Old 08-30-2017, 02:26 PM
 
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MAF records a lot less rainfall than the actual city of Midland, Texas proper a lot of times.I heard the ABQ sunport has different readings than different parts of the metro because of microclimates.
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Old 08-30-2017, 02:43 PM
 
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Buffalo NY -

Official weather station is at the airport. Downtown is lower elevation and adjacent to Lake Erie, and can be 10 degrees cooler or more during warm spring and summer months, and the warmer lake may protect the area from early frosts and freezes in the fall. The lake effect snow bands also bisect the area, and the airport weather may be significantly different than within the city limits.
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Old 08-30-2017, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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obviously SF and SFO
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Old 08-30-2017, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Pullman, WA
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Spokane, WA sits about 500ft lower than the airport (GEG). Thus, it will often times be snowing at the airport and raining in town in winter. During the summer, the temperature in town is quite a bit warmer due to the lower elevation, but also the heat island effect in the city. The airport also sits up on a windy ridge, so the wind speeds are often skewed.
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Old 08-30-2017, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque is usually a few degrees cooler in the Foothills areas of the city and a couple of degrees warmer in the valley areas like Downtown as compared to the airport where official readings are taken for the city. The Foothills, Northeast Heights and Westside also usually see more rain than the airport and the Foothills get much more snow.

Our airport sits on the corner of a mesa higher than the valley areas but a bit lower than other areas of the Heights and quite a bit lower than the Foothills.
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Old 08-30-2017, 10:02 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Many cities seem to be much different weather wise than what the official temperatures, rain or snow levels indicate.

Phoenix "official" low temperature for instance is usually 8 to 10 degrees warmer than eastern suburbs like Gilbert or parts of Mesa or northern suburbs like Carefree.

Rainfall tends to be much higher in the northern suburbs also in areas like northern parts of Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek than the official indicate also.

Carefree for instance tends to get around 13" of rain a year and is a suburb of Phoenix. Low temperatures average in the mid 70s in the summer as opposed to mid 80s at the Sky Harbor

https://wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?azcare

Colorado Springs is actually rather lush in parts of the city. The airport is at 6,000 feet, while much of the city is between 6,600 to 6,800 feet elevation with some open space areas much higher elevation than that.

Colorado Springs official summer low temperatures are in the mid 50s but temperatures are much cooler than that in the northern and western sections of the city.

Colorado Springs also gets far more monsoon rain in the northern and western sections of the city than the airport has.

Denver is different. Downtown Denver tends to be several degrees warmer than the airport reading. Denver stations tend to have a high temperature/low temperature for the airport and downtown because there is such a difference.

The official average high is supposedly 89 degrees in July but downtown Denver is certainly warmer.

The western sections of Denver also tend to get more summer rain than the airport.

I wouldn't be surprised if the northern suburbs of Tucson are several degrees cooler and much wetter in the summer than the official record at the airport would indicate.

According to meteorologist Mike Nelson, DIA is warmer in summer and colder in winter than the city.
https://m.facebook.com/MikeNelson7NE...27298640613630

According to this link, DIA is also drier than the city.Questions arise about use of DIA weather station; Location far from city invalidates historical comparisons | ThorntonWeather.com
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Old 08-30-2017, 10:20 PM
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Just watched the weather report. DIA is predicted to be 1 degree higher than the city of Denver tomorrow.

Last edited by Katarina Witt; 08-30-2017 at 11:04 PM.. Reason: add "tomorrow"
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Old 08-30-2017, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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I think LAX is the best example of differences. As others have said, LAX is near the ocean and that inhibits the temperature, especially in the summer, where inland temps can be 10-25 degrees warmer.

DIA is outside of the Denver heat island so it will be cooler in the winter, but perhaps warmer in the summer. (as mentioned in an earlier post).

SFO is somewhat warmer than downtown San Francisco, but still close enough to not be a major difference.

SEA is colder during the winter, outside of the aforementioned downtown heat island, but summer probably little difference.

SLC is the same as downtown because it so close.

Likewise, PHX is the same as downtown because it so close.
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