STATEWIDE (3TV/CBS 5) – The calendar says May, but Mother Nature does not seem to care.
The Phoenix area is experiencing a very un-May-like May. If you have any doubts, just look at the high today – mid- to upper 70s. That’s 20 degrees below average for this time of year.
[WATCH: Flagstaff gets snow in May]
Let that sink in as you watch video from the chopper of a man making a hail angel on the golf course at the Boulder Resort & Spa in Carefree.
That’s certainly unusual for mid- to late May.
And then there’s snow up north. While it's not the latest snow Flagstaff has ever seen -- that was June 8, 1907, according to the National Weather Service -- it's not far off. It's definitely one of the latest.
[VIEWER VIDEO: Snow in Munds Park, about 30 minutes south of Flagstaff]
Let’s not forget the small tornado that touched down north of Flagstaff Monday morning. It was small, and no damage or injuries were reported. But still. It was a tornado!
[VIEWER VIDEO: Check it out!]
According to the Arizona’s Weather Authority team, it’s going to be unseasonably cool in the Phoenix area for the rest of the week.
[WEATHER: Your Phoenix forecast and more]
There’s even another mid-70s day in the forecast as another low-pressure system sweeps through the state.
Don’t let this unusually mild May fool you. The weather we’re enjoying now – and you’d best be enjoying it – has no bearing on what’s coming this summer. It’s still going to be surface-of-the-sun hot.
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The National Weather Service says summer might actually bring some above-normal temperatures. Scientists say 2019 closely resembles both 2010 and 2015 in terms of spring weather. In those years, summer temperatures were actually above average.
Consider yourself warned.
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SNOW(N'T) go away! More snow is falling in northern Arizona as these photos taken by AZ511 along I-40 west of Flagstaff attest. If you drive, bring jackets, blankets, snacks and water, charge your phone and fill your gas tank, and leave room ahead of you. pic.twitter.com/sbSIRg6i4F— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) May 20, 2019
PHOTOS: Rare May storm brings rain, snow in Arizona
A mid-May snowstorm brought rain and even snow in parts of Arizona Monday.
Snow came down in all parts of the high country including Flagstaff and Pinetop. Even as far east as the White Mountains saw snowfall reach the ground!
While it's not unheard of, snowfall this late into spring is certainly uncommon for Arizona.
Meanwhile, areas north of Phoenix saw dark clouds, rain, and even hail. Our newschopper captured a man making a "hail angel" at The Boulders Resort and Spa in Carefree.
Check out the latest weather forecast here.