As a Realtor® in the greater Prescott, Arizona area, one of the questions I am asked most often by folks that are considering relocating here is “what’s the weather like in Prescott?” A fairly short question with quite a long answer! So I have written an article here to answer that question.
To begin with, I have lived in Prescott Valley for eleven years, so my experience is based on that alone. We all know that anyone can research the statistics on the weather in any city in the United States just be searching on the internet, but it really doesn’t tell the whole story; you must speak to someone who has lived here.
To begin with, our Springtime is delightful, with crisp, cool mornings and moderate temperatures during the day. Typical of a Prescott day is about a 30-35 degree change of temperature from overnight low to daytime high, regardless of the season. This is a bit different from daily coastal temperature changes, because we are more inland compared to the coastal states. There is usually not much rain this time of year. Summers tend to be quite mild with daytime highs hovering around the high 80’s to low 90’s, but I have seen it in the low 100’s. The nice thing about our Prescott Summers is that it cools down nicely in the evening. Our late summers are another story altogether. Beginning in late June to early July we enter into our monsoon season, which continues through August. The Prescott monsoon season is characterized by thunderstorms, usually in the afternoon. The odd thing about Prescott weather is that what is happening in your neighborhood may not be occurring just a few blocks away, and Prescott’s monsoon thunderstorms are a perfect example. While I’m discussing these thunderstorms, I’ll introduce you to a saying we have around here, “if you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes”. Really a pretty accurate statement, I’ve found. When I first moved here it was a nice Spring day in March with a few non-threatening clouds in the air. I went into a store for about 20 minutes. When I emerged, there was a full-blown snowstorm outside! The snow stopped within a few minutes, but I have never forgotten that display of Prescott weather.
The monsoon thunderstorms can be quite entertaining, with tremendous thunder and lightning. Normally the rain is hit-and-run, (wait ten minutes) but I have seen it rain for hours. Any Prescott rainstorm brings a chance of hail as well. We can start off a monsoon season day with the temperatures at daybreak in the 60’s by noon reach the 90’s and by the afternoon get a thunderstorm that knocks the temperature back to the 70’s. in just a few minutes!
Our Prescott Winters are also worthy of a lengthy explanation. Please understand that the greater Prescott, Arizona area is a bit mountainous, with elevations from under 5,000 feet to well over 6,000 feet. So, depending on your location things can be quite a bit different from the temperature to snowfall, as our snow level quite often is around 5000-6000 feet. A storm that might bring rain or a few flurries to Prescott Valley might bring quite a few inches of snow to the higher elevations in Prescott. Transportation during the winter months does not seem to be a concern here for most because usually whatever snow is on the roads is almost always gone by mid-morning the next day, at least in the low to mid elevations. Most of the cars on Prescott roads are two-wheel drives. For the first 10 years I lived here I didn’t own a four wheeler and was only inconvenienced twice. The local municipalities and ADOT do not use salt on the roads here, but I have seen cinders on the grades to enhance traction.
Overnight temperatures at my home in Prescott Valley in the winter usually run in the 20’s but I have seen single digits. I do know that the higher elevations are a bit colder.
Please visit http://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/prescott/arizona/united-states/usaz0178 for more information about Prescott weather statistics.