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Old 08-21-2007, 10:38 AM
Location: Austin, TX
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Originally Posted by jabm67 View Post
Besides avoiding a generally frustrating and unproductive interval, it provides a time to do extended engineering & maintenance work on the facilities. Also, there's some damage-prevention to the shutdown as well. Observatories are on mountaintops, and at the end of many hundred miles of power supply lines; both mountaintops and those long power lines make nice lightning attractants.
OK, blah blah blah, come on, wimpy observation stations in the SW --- Mt. Washington in New Hampshire has vastly worse weather than any place in the lower 48 and they manage to stay functional all year! A fun site to check, especially in winter, is this real-time weather site from Mt. Washington:
Mount Washington Observatory – Weather
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:15 AM
Location: East Central Phoenix
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Monsoon season now has official dates: June 15 to Sept. 30 (broken link)

The National Weather Service has now set official start & end dates for the Southwest's summer monsoon: June 15th to September 30th.

In my opinion, the start date of June 15th is way too early. Anybody who knows anything about the climate of Arizona (or the Southwest in general) knows that June is a month that is virtually clear & dry almost every year. Only twice in history has any monsoon type of weather been established in the middle part of June. In practically every year, the prevaling wind direction doesn't change until the first part of July ... and the thunderstorms often don't start until a week or two after that.

These dates are too carved in stone, and really don't reflect an accurate start/end time of the summer monsoon. When June 15th comes around and it's still bone dry, people are going to start wondering why the NWS chose that as the start date. I never considered the NWS to be anything to brag about (even with all their fancy equipment) ... and now they have shown themselves to be even more inaccurate!
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Old 03-11-2008, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Bummer View Post
Tucson gets my #1 vote, Ken

Albuquerque is too hot and humid during the Summer ...
Bummer - wrong on both counts! Any quick examination of temp avg's in Albuq & Tucson will quickly show Tucson to be hotter.

As far as humidity:
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During the more humid monsoon months, Albuquerque is between 1-2% less humid than Tucson.

You are correct about Albuq being colder in the winter.

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