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  1. #1
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    Flagstaff. May. Officially wacky. [weather thread warning]

    turns out i'm not the only one who was getting a sense that May 2009 was off-the-hook mad-for-rain. if ya didn't mind a wetting now and again, it was an incredible month to ride. in my nearly 20 years, the best in May in memory, for sure! per NOAA: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_foreca...id=fgz&pil=pns

    "1042 AM MST MON JUN 1 2009

    ...A MAY THAT STARTED AS ONE OF THE WARMEST MAYS ON RECORD ALSO
    TURNED INTO ONE OF THE WETTEST...

    THE FIRST 15 DAYS OF MAY SET A PACE FOR THE MONTH TO BE ONE OF THE
    WARMEST ON RECORD WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 56.8 DEGREES. A
    LARGE PLUME OF MOISTURE THEN MOVED OVER THE AREA AND THE RECORD
    SETTING PACE WAS SLOWED DUE TO THE PASSAGE OF SEVERAL WEAK LOW
    PRESSURE SYSTEMS AND INCREASED CLOUD COVER. STARTING ON THE
    18TH...THE FLAGSTAFF AIRPORT RECORDED PRECIPITATION ON 12 OF THE 15
    REMAINING DAYS OF THE MONTH. AT LEAST A TRACE OF RAIN FELL AT THE
    FLAGSTAFF AIRPORT FROM THE 20TH THROUGH 30TH. THIS 11 DAY RUN RANKS
    2ND IN MOST CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF PRECIPITATION IN THE MONTH OF
    MAY...AND 40TH FOR MOST CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF PRECIPITATION OVERALL.
    THE RESULT WAS AN UNUSUALLY WET MAY...WITH 2.08 INCHES OF
    PRECIPITATION BEING RECORDED. MAY 2009 ENDED AS THE 5TH WETTEST ON
    RECORD...1.28 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL 0.80 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
    FLAGSTAFF NORMALLY RECEIVES IN MAY.

    THE ABNORMAL PRECIPITATION STILL WAS NOT THE ONLY STORY OF
    MONTH...ABNORMALLY HIGH TEMPERATURES ALSO WORKED THEIR WAY INTO THE
    MIX. MAY 2009 WAS THE FIRST MAY EVER...TO NOT RECORD A LOW
    TEMPERATURE OF 32 DEGREES OR BELOW. THE MONTH ENDED AS THE 2ND
    WARMEST MAY ON RECORD WITH A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 56.0
    DEGREES. BREAKING THAT DOWN INTO THE HIGHS AND LOWS...THE AVERAGE
    MINIMUM TEMPERATURE WAS 39.6 DEGREES...THE WARMEST AVERAGE MAY
    MINIMUM TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED. THE AVERAGE MAY MAXIMUM
    TEMPERATURE CAME IN AS THE 8TH WARMEST MAY MAXIMUM WITH A VALUE OF
    72.3 DEGREES. "
    "May your trails be winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view." - Ed Abbey
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    just like 93

    Quote Originally Posted by rockychrysler
    turns out i'm not the only one who was getting a sense that May 2009 was off-the-hook mad-for-rain. if ya didn't mind a wetting now and again, it was an incredible month to ride. in my nearly 20 years, the best in May in memory, for sure! per NOAA: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_foreca...id=fgz&pil=pns

    "1042 AM MST MON JUN 1 2009

    ...A MAY THAT STARTED AS ONE OF THE WARMEST MAYS ON RECORD ALSO
    TURNED INTO ONE OF THE WETTEST...

    THE FIRST 15 DAYS OF MAY SET A PACE FOR THE MONTH TO BE ONE OF THE
    WARMEST ON RECORD WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 56.8 DEGREES. A
    LARGE PLUME OF MOISTURE THEN MOVED OVER THE AREA AND THE RECORD
    SETTING PACE WAS SLOWED DUE TO THE PASSAGE OF SEVERAL WEAK LOW
    PRESSURE SYSTEMS AND INCREASED CLOUD COVER. STARTING ON THE
    18TH...THE FLAGSTAFF AIRPORT RECORDED PRECIPITATION ON 12 OF THE 15
    REMAINING DAYS OF THE MONTH. AT LEAST A TRACE OF RAIN FELL AT THE
    FLAGSTAFF AIRPORT FROM THE 20TH THROUGH 30TH. THIS 11 DAY RUN RANKS
    2ND IN MOST CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF PRECIPITATION IN THE MONTH OF
    MAY...AND 40TH FOR MOST CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF PRECIPITATION OVERALL.
    THE RESULT WAS AN UNUSUALLY WET MAY...WITH 2.08 INCHES OF
    PRECIPITATION BEING RECORDED. MAY 2009 ENDED AS THE 5TH WETTEST ON
    RECORD...1.28 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL 0.80 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
    FLAGSTAFF NORMALLY RECEIVES IN MAY.

    THE ABNORMAL PRECIPITATION STILL WAS NOT THE ONLY STORY OF
    MONTH...ABNORMALLY HIGH TEMPERATURES ALSO WORKED THEIR WAY INTO THE
    MIX. MAY 2009 WAS THE FIRST MAY EVER...TO NOT RECORD A LOW
    TEMPERATURE OF 32 DEGREES OR BELOW. THE MONTH ENDED AS THE 2ND
    WARMEST MAY ON RECORD WITH A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 56.0
    DEGREES. BREAKING THAT DOWN INTO THE HIGHS AND LOWS...THE AVERAGE
    MINIMUM TEMPERATURE WAS 39.6 DEGREES...THE WARMEST AVERAGE MAY
    MINIMUM TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED. THE AVERAGE MAY MAXIMUM
    TEMPERATURE CAME IN AS THE 8TH WARMEST MAY MAXIMUM WITH A VALUE OF
    72.3 DEGREES. "
    rocky, Spring 93 was another great post lift served ski turns/ pre monsoon riding season,,,,,,,,,N. AZ had consistent precip from early Dec. thru mid May with AZ Snowbowl setting records for snowpack,,,,,,,,,,,,,late April into early May was magic, bike and hike up for fresh turns or stay low and ride the brown velcro trails in the Coconino

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    Hey how are the trails up in Flag now?

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    The trails are pretty darn sweet. For the most part they are dry. Just parts that are in the shady spots may be a little damp, but its drying up. My teammate and I are going for a ride this afternoon.

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    Cool, thanks for the info!

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