Kingman basks in warm winter weather

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Gabriel Thompson, 3, gets a push on a swing from his mom, Terra, Friday during sunny weather in Centennial Park.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<BR> Gabriel Thompson, 3, gets a push on a swing from his mom, Terra, Friday during sunny weather in Centennial Park.

KINGMAN - Temperatures continue to flirt with record highs this weekend, according to the National Weather Service forecast from Las Vegas.

Kingman enjoyed a record high of 77 on Friday, which broke the record of 75 set just a year ago. NWS meteorologist Reed Wolcott said today's high is forecast at 77, which would match last year's record.

"We had another hot streak this time last year," Wolcott said. "It's pretty nice. We're going to be right there (for the record)."

Saturday's forecast, except for a dip to 69 on Tuesday, called for more weather in the 70s through Friday. It'll continue to be dry with occasional breezy days, typical of this time of year, Wolcott noted. Any chance of precipitation is "way out."

It's the kind of weather the Chamber of Commerce loves for marketing Arizona in the winter months, said Nancy Selover, state climatologist at Arizona State University.

"That's usually what we sell in central and southern Arizona, as the Flagstaff area is interested in some skiing tourism during the winter," she said. "Plus, the water resources from the snow pack are really critical."

She said it was 66 degrees in Flagstaff when she was there in early February, and a three-day storm brought rain only below 9,000 feet.

"You have to look up at the mountain to see any snow," Selover said. "That's unusual at this time of year."

The high Sonoran desert has been getting a dose of subtropical moisture, which comes with warmer temperatures and the high-pressure system that has been pretty dominant over the southwest, she noted.

"If the high pressure will move off to the east and let a nice arctic cold front come through, we might get some much needed snow," she said. "NWS is looking at a low pressure system that might take us back to more winter-like conditions. Let's hope that brings snow."

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