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Yesterday I had to drive to Flag for a dentist appointment, and went through the worst rain storm I can remember. I almost had to pull off the road. Then, when I closer to Flag, it was snowing like crazy, and cars were slowed to 65 MPH. And you know, usually when you drive this stretch on the 17, people are zooming past you even if you’re going 75.
But apparently, snow in May is not all that unusual for Flagstaff. Flagstaff is easily the snowiest big city in the state. It averages 101.7 inches of snow per year, according to National Weather Service statistics. Flagstaff's snowiest winter was in 1972-73, when it recorded 210 inches.
According to AZ Central, Flagstaff has had snow this late in54 of the past 118years that records have been kept. And the National Weather Service office in Flag said the city has a 46% of seeing snow on May 2.
What about Sedona? Well, you already know that compared to the rest of the country, Sedona is sunnier and drier. We get an average of 17 inches a year of snow, compared to almost 26 inches in the average US city. And it rains about 15 inches a year, compared to almost 40 inches across other parts of the country. And sunny days? Sedona has 278 sunny days a year, compared to the average of 205 days everywhere else.
I thought the snow was awesome, and today it’s so green and lush here, it was worth the white-knuckled adventure yesterday.
What do you think? Do you love these storms or do you want the dry heat back?