Originally Published: February 1, 2013 9:50 p.m.
For the first time in nearly three years, Prescott has received above-average precipitation for two months in a row.
A four-day storm toward the end of January brought 1.94 inches of precipitation to the National Weather Service's official Sundog measuring site in Prescott. That one storm put January at 115 percent of the 115-year city average of 1.74 inches. December 2012 was 103.5 percent of that month's average.
The last time precipitation was above-average two months in a row at Sundog was February (110 percent of average) and March (105 percent) of 2010.
Last month also was colder than average by about three degrees. Despite the cold, the big storm produced mostly rain here. Sundog recorded only one inch of snow in January, compared to the long-term January average of 5.8 inches.
December was one of only two months last year that were colder than average, too.
The National Weather Service issued some January statistics for three northern Arizona airports that included the Prescott airport, which has records dating back to 1948. It showed January was the 11th coldest January on record at the Prescott airport, as well as the 12th wettest.
Temperatures in recent days have been on the rise. The Weather Service is forecasting Prescott's temperature to break the 60-degree mark today and stay there for at least four days, despite clouds and a 10-percent chance of rain on Super Bowl Sunday.