Understanding Arizona’s Unique Climate

Surprising to most people is the fact that Arizona weather is so unique. Most people think of Scottsdale or Phoenix when they think of the state. And, yes, these cities do have unique weather. What’s really cool, and allows for such a wide variety of weather, is the large size of the shape, as well as varying mountain ranges and altitudes.

To begin with, there’s “the valley” near the middle of the state. This includes Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, and Temple. These are the main cities within the main valley. This also extends out more to the east valley (Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek”, as well as the west valley (West Phoenix, Glendale, Wittmann). Now, cities within the valley have a rather unique climate. This includes a dry heat with monsoons in the summer, and a very light winter.

However, up in the higher elevations (northern), the weather is much more similar to any mountain climate. There are four seasons, rain, snow, and a balanced fall. Cities up in this area include Payson, Flagstaff, and other small towns such as Strawberry and Pine. This area even extends all the way up to The Grand Canyon, which AZ is quite famous for.

So, if you’re looking to plan a first time trip to Arizona, all of this is very important information. A trip down to the valley would be a great start. You’ll get to check out Scottsdale and Phoenix, two of the state’s most populated areas. There’s a lot to see and a lot of great night life to check out. Nature abounds, with many great hiking trails, too.

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