Rain gives way to warmer-than-normal spring

Rainfall in Kingman totaled 0.89 inch during February, when the area normally gets 1.07 inches.

"As we're in what climatologists feel is a long-term drought, any amount of precipitation close to normal is a good thing, particularly now as we move into the dry season," said Randy Cerveny, geography professor at Arizona State University.

"Your area is going to remain pretty dry."

John Adair, a staff meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas, said a Pacific moisture pattern spread over much of the Southwest in late February.

That resulted in more cloudiness, cooler temperatures and above normal precipitation, especially in northern Mohave County.

"The Climate Prediction Center (in Silver Spring, Md.) noted some improvement in northern Mohave up through Utah and central Nevada in terms of moisture," Adair said.

"But the rest of Mohave County looks like drought conditions will persist."

The cloudiness in February kept temperatures below normal in Kingman.

The average daily maximum and minimum are 59.5 and 35.1, according to data supplied by the ASU Office of Climatology.

Kingman averages last month were 54 and 32.9.

"As for early next week, a strong ridge of high pressure is building over the desert Southwest and that will raise temperatures," Adair said.

"What we see beyond that is a cooling down as the high pressure ridge is replaced by a deep low pressure area that will influence the west later in the week.

Your area has a slight chance of rain next Friday and Saturday."

Cerveny said the high-pressure ridge currently affecting Arizona has caused a flip-flop of conditions elsewhere in the country.

"We've been sunny and dry, while the morning New York television shows have shown rain, cold and snow due to a huge snowstorm from Iowa to New England," Cerveny said.

Adair said information from the Climate Prediction Center indicates Mohave County will experience above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation during April, May and June.

Average maximum and minimum temperatures and precipitation for Kingman, according to the ASU Office of Climatology, during the second quarter are: 62.9 and 38.1 degrees with 1.39 inches of precipitation in March; 71.3, 44.4 and 0.46 inch of rain in April; 81, 53 and 0.35 in May; and 91.6, 62.8 and 0.26 of rain in June.

"The CPC says it's definitely going to be hot, but they're a little less adamant on dry," Cerveny said.

"They say California is likely to be dry over the next three months, but they end that prediction at the border (to Arizona).

Technically, we're not in the dry forecast area, but if California is going to be dry I can't see any way for us to be wet."

Cerveny added that while near normal precipitation is predicted northwest Arizona does not get much rain in the spring.