Above-average precip so far in early 2010

March was the third month in a row to produce above-average precipitation in Prescott.

The March precipitation totaled 2.19 inches at the Sundog measuring site on the northeast side of the city. That is 128 percent of the 112-year average.

March also produced 4.7 inches of snow, close to the 5-inch average.

High temperatures in March were a few degrees cooler than average, while low temperatures were close to average.

For the first three months of 2010, the precipitation total is 9.83 inches or 186 percent of average.

Storms are drying out as April blows in, backing up a previous National Weather Service prediction that El Niño's influence on Arizona will come to an end between mid-March and mid-April.

The last good storm in Prescott was March 11, the most recent day of any measurable precipitation.

Federal weather agencies are forecasting above-average chances for above-average temperatures in April through June throughout Arizona, with equal chances of above average, below average or average rain for the southern two-thirds of Arizona.

The Prescott airport recorded wind gusts as strong as 44 mph Monday during a wind advisory, but no rain.

Parts of southeast Arizona already were under red flag warnings for wildfire danger Monday.

Wind gusts should continue today, but not as strong.

High pressure is set to return Wednesday through Friday, with temperatures climbing 14 degrees to reach a high of 71 degrees.