Warm and dry weather in northern Arizona is expected to continue into the late spring months, according to the latest 90-day outlook from the National Weather Service. That's due to a weak La Niña pattern that is sticking around for a while longer. 

There is a temporary break in that pattern forecasted for the end of the month, though. The Pacific North American Oscillation is expected to briefly dip into a negative phase, allowing for the potential of an unsettled pattern over the western United States. That pattern will bring odds tilted in favor of below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation across northern Arizona. 

Precipitation is much-needed as northern Arizona has fallen back into drought conditions due to the dry fall and winter. Forest fuels are at or near record high levels of dryness and are only expected to get drier.

The Flagstaff area has received less than 25 percent of normal precipitation for the past 90 days and ended 2017 with about 75 percent of normal precipitation. 

The latest forecast calls for sunny conditions for at least the next week. 

 

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Environment, Health and Science Reporter

Emery Cowan writes about science, health and the environment for the Arizona Daily Sun, covering everything from forest restoration to endangered species recovery efforts.

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