Seasonal Weather Patterns in Scottsdale, Arizona
©2015 copyright, David A. Porter
The Five Seasons of Scottsdale, Arizona
Did you know that Scottsdale, Arizona has five distinct seasons?
We are currently in the rainy winter season, here in Scottsdale. I shot this photograph a few days ago while Carol and I were on our morning walk in North Scottsdale. It had rained the previous evening, and my photograph shows some of the morning clouds that still lingered over Black Mountain in Carefree, Arizona, just to the north of our residential community.
As I write this, we’re experiencing another cloudy, rainy day from a system that will reportedly be bringing us gentle rains for the next four days. I’m feeling a little sorry for the folks in Carefree, Arizona today as the annual Thunderbird Artist Show is happening this weekend, and the participants will be facing cool temps and wet, damp weather.
On the other hand, these winter rains bring spring wildflowers that will soon have the high Sonoran Desert ablaze in color. In fact you might be interested to read our article: Arizona Spring Wildflowers: 6 Best Places to View Around Scottsdale.
Commonly, visitors to Scottsdale will inquire about the weather in Scottsdale, and the best time to visit. To answer that question, please take a look at the follow information from the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Scottsdale Seasonal Weather Information
Winter (Dec. 1 – Feb. 15)
Average High/Low: 68°F (20°C) / 43°F (6°C)
Normal Rainfall: 2”
Sunny mild days and clear brisk nights are the hallmarks of winter in Scottsdale.
Spring (Feb. 16 – April 30)
Average High/Low: 77°F (25°C) / 50°F (10°C)
Normal Rainfall: 1.5”
Spring’s warm, sunny days are perfect for outdoor activities, from desert adventures to al fresco dining.
Dry Summer (May 1 – June 30)
Average High/Low: 99°F (37°C)/ 68°F (20°C)
Normal Rainfall: Less than .25”
The first of the desert’s two distinct summer seasons brings an abundance of daytime sunshine, balmy evenings, very low humidity and little to no precipitation.
Wet Summer (July 1 – Sept. 15)
Average High/Low: 103°F (39°C) / 78°F (26°C)
Normal Rainfall: 2.25”
The desert’s wet summer contrasts high daytime temperatures and mild to moderate humidity with a chance of cooling afternoon thunderstorms drawn up from the Gulf of Mexico by monsoon winds.
Fall (Sept. 16 – Nov. 30)
Average High/Low: 87°F (31°C)/ 61°F (16°C)
Normal Rainfall: 1.74”
Fall brings an end to the monsoon-driven thunderstorms and boasts clear warm days followed by refreshingly cool evenings.
While we’ve grown to love all of the seasons of Scottsdale, Arizona, we highly recommend the spring and dry summer seasons as the best time to visit. 🙂
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