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Expect dry, warm weather this winter

The Kingman area had its fair share of storms during November, but few contained moisture to alleviate drought.

"You ended up with a few more storms coming through your area and the air pattern was such that air flow was primarily coming in from the northwest, which is a little cooler as opposed to a southwest flow that is more normal this time of year," said Randy Cerveny, geography professor at Arizona State University.

Normal temperatures for Kingman in November are 63.6 for the average maximum and 38.7 for the average minimum.

Typical rainfall for the month is 0.74 inch.

Last month, the average daily maximum and minimum were 60.0 and 36.5, according to figures from the ASU Office of Climatology.

Kingman Airport received 0.46 inch of precipitation with measurable rainfall during a total of three days.

"November was a cool and dry month, so temperatures being below normal was normal for conditions over the Southwest, which meant there were no strong storms moving across the area," said Larry Jenson, a staff meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas.

"As for the next 90 days, the desert Southwest can expect it to be both a little drier and little warmer than normal."

Average daily maximum and minimum temperatures and precipitation in Kingman during the winter are: December, 54.7 and 31.8 degrees with 0.94 inch; January, 54.2 and 31.4 with 1.28 inches; and February, 59.5 and 35.1 with 1.07 inches.

"There's a low-grade El Niño (in the eastern Pacific Ocean) right now," Cerveny said.

"But it's not strong enough to do anything in terms of influencing rainfall, so we're left crunching a straw to figure out what the future may hold.

"Sea surface temperatures are about two-tenths of a degree above normal.

That should force storms into Arizona, but as I said it's a low-grade El Niño and it's not taking much moisture with it."

Cerveny said Kingman-area residents should expect above normal temperatures during the next 90 days with precipitation near or slightly below normal.

Jenson and Cerveny both were asked about the chance for a white Christmas in Kingman.

Jenson said he had no idea.

"It's not going to be white, but it will be nice and warm," Cerveny said.

"You may want to throw a football around in the back yard after opening presents."

Expect daytime temperatures in the 60s on Christmas day, Cerveny said.

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