By John Simpson

April 2022 was dry and warm.

No rain was recorded in the area for April, and this was the third time this has occurred in the last 11 years at my place. My 11-year Average April rainfall is only 0.24.” The Tucson Airport’s 30-year average rainfall is also 0.24.” April is the second driest month for Tucson, May being the first.

On the temperature side, the airport recorded the 4th warmest April on record since the 1880s. The average temperature was 3.7 degrees above the 30-year average. The airport also hit 100 degrees for the first time on April 26th, which was the third earliest occurrence. At the time of this writing on May 20th, no rain has fallen and there is a good chance no rain will fall at all during May 2022. For next month, I will report on May and discuss the entire Spring 2022 season. If there are updated indicators on how the 2022 Monsoon will shape, I will also discuss. Currently, the indicators still point towards a good chance of above average rainfall for Monsoon 2022.

John Simpson has lived in southern Arizona the past 33 years and Vail for 17 of those years. John has a bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Arizona. He loves exploring the outdoors with his family and photographing weather and the beauty of southern Arizona.

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