Arizonans are outside a lot. Here is a big factor:
Desert Average Temperature highs and lows:
January 67 46
February 71 49
March 77 54
April 85 60
May 95 69
June 104 78
July 106 83
August 104 83
September 100 77
October 89 65
November 76 53
December 66 45
See that lovely winter range of temperatures? Plenty to do outdoors when it’s freezing in other areas. Golf, marathons, triathlons, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, biking, camping, and the sports venues are amazing. We have botanical gardens, zoos, wildlife and don’t forget NASCAR. Even when it is HOT in the deserts of Arizona, we play outdoors. If we want a change of scenery, a couple of hours drive will take us to lovely mountain lakes, ski areas and hiking and climbing spots.
The most common adjective people seem to associate with Arizona is “dry.” Many factors combine to create an ecosystem that many label as desert. The amount of annual precipitation alone, 10 inches or less, is not the whole story. Arizona is also sunny, sometimes windy and experiences temperature extremes. During a twenty-four hour period, a range of 40 degrees is not unusual. These extremes increase
the amount of water that escapes back into the air. The composition of the soil also affects how much water is available. Yet, Arizona is not devoid of plant and animal life. Our deserts and high mountain ranges support abundant flora and fauna that is well-adapted to this arid home. Plants and animals here are expert conservationists to make the most of what moisture is available.
Much of the Sonoran Desert depends on seasonal rainfall and responds quickly to a brief storm.
Wet Beaver Creek is an oasis in the Sonoran desert in northern Arizona. It is a perennial stream that is a crucial source of water for elk, bear, deer, mountain lion, small animals and birds.
The Willcox Playa is an ancient lake bed in southern Arizona that receives only occasional rain but is an important stopover for migratory birds.